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In this research guide, you will find general information about Coronaviruses.
Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life. This usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory infections, like the common cold. But they can also cause more severe illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)(opens in new window) web page.
Cloth face coverings are one of the most effective ways to help slow the spread of covid-19. A simple cloth face covering helps to slow the spread of the virus and helps people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
*A significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity, even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
Cloth face coverings should: