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What is COVID-19?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.
How it spreads: The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
*Symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure.
Current risk assessment:
For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
COVID-19 in the United States:
As of March 6, 2020:
This information is updated regularly by the CDC. Click here for more information.
Recommendations from the CDC:
For more information about COVID-19, click here.