Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different types, and some of them cause disease. The recently identified SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has triggered a global respiratory pandemic dubbed COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which was first identified in December 2019.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, new tiredness, nausea or vomiting, and congestion or runny nose. COVID-19 nose can be a serious medical condition and, in some cases, it has caused death.
The new coronavirus can spread from person to person. Diagnosed by laboratory test.
There is still no vaccine for the coronavirus. Prevention includes frequent hand washing, coughing when bending your elbow, staying home when sick, and wearing a cloth to cover your face if you are unable to practice physical distancing.
Lauren Sauer, M.D., director of operations for the Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Response Office and director of research for the Johns Hopkins Biosecurity Division, shares information on COVID-19 and what you need to know.