COVID-19 (“Coronavirus Disease 2019”) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new (novel) coronavirus that initially emerged in Wuhan Provence, China in December 2019. COVID-19 can spread easily when infected people cough, sneeze, talk or sing. COVID-19 can spread easily when people are too close. The virus may also spread by touching items
Handwashing, hand sanitizers, face masks, and keeping your distance from others have been shown to help protect people from catching or spreading COVID-19.
People with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms. If they do have symptoms, these can range from mild to severe illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue (feeling very tired), muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms of COVID-19. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have all these symptoms. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.