How Can I Better Understand the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
CORONAVIRUS is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of CORONAVIRUS; it is part of the same family of viruses that includes the common cold. The CORONAVIRUS outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe; they include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. It is also important to look at past outbreaks of disease and the flu at other times in our history; read HERE how the Swine Flu impacted our country back in 2009 without any of the media coverage that we see today.