WHAT IS COvid-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses like the common cold. There have been coronaviruses that cause more severe illnesses, such as SARS and MERS. A new type of coronavirus called 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has been identified.
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
SYMPTOMS & RISK
COVID-19 CAN BE PRESENT WITH VERY MILD OR NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms may include a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms may include sore throat, sinus congestion, fatigue, headache, chills, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain. A person's individual risk depends on their exposure to the virus. Some people have an increased risk of infection, especially those who have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 patient, or who have pre-existing conditions.