About Coronavirus (COVID-19) What is novel coronavirus? A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019, often referred to as COVID-19, is not the same as coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis. Source: CDC Human Coronavirus Types Why is it called coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19? On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. “CO” stands for “corona,” “VI” for “virus,” and “D” for disease. The number 19 is for the year in which it was discovered. Source: WHO best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases What is the source of this virus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Source: CDC Situation Summary Documents Coronavirus (COVID-19) and You Resources Signs and Symptoms Overview of common symptoms and warning signs of Coronavirus (COVID-19) What if I'm sick? Resources and information for those who think they may be sick with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions A variety of frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how we are working to address it Learn More Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Their website is being continually updated with new information regarding COVID-19 on a daily basis. World Health Organization (WHO) WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses. The WHO updates its website regularly with new information regarding COVID-19 on a daily basis and on an international scale.