COVID-19 is a disease that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the strain of coronavirus that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known to cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to severe disesases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
Elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of becoming infected
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms may range from mild to severe or can even result in death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Usual cases show symptoms within 2-14 days after exposure but those who are asymptomatic may never present symptoms.
Loss of smell or taste
Shortness of breath
Shivering with chills
How To Stay Safe
To prevent the spread of germs, please:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day
Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick
Clean and disinfect common objects and surfaces that are touched often (e.g. doorknobs, handles, tabletops, phones, keyboards)
Seek medical attention or call your healthcare provider if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza
Get tested regularly and download the app COVIDWISE
In the This Week in Virology (TWIV) channel, hosted by Vincent Racaniello with co-hosts Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Brianne Barker, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker, they cover all things viruses to inform viewers about the COVID-19 pandemic.