About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 7/29/2020

What is novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Source: CDC Frequently Asked Questions - What is novel coronavirus?

Why is it called coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19?

On February 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. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

Source: CDC Frequently Asked Questions - Why is it called coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19?

How does the virus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community ('community spread') in many 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.

Source: CDC Frequently Asked Questions - How does the virus spread?



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.