What does COVID-19 stand for?
COVID-19 is the acronym for Corona Virus Disease 2019. COVID-19 is caused by a virus known as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2).
What is a pandemic?
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic – which is the worldwide spread of a new disease. The designation does not refer to the severity or deadliness of a disease.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19.*
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore Throat
- New loss of taste or smell
*COVID-19 infection rarely causes a runny nose.