Get the Facts About the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak
How vulnerable is your community to the impacts of COVID-19? What factors can make a community more at-risk to the coronavirus disease?
Is your state successfully managing its COVID-19 response and plans for safe reopening?
See worldwide tracking of cases, deaths, and test results, based on aggregated COVID-19 data from experts like the WHO and CDC.
Is COVID-19 Serious?
The COVID-19 coronavirus is a serious virus, while some may encounter mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, others can experience severe symptoms and potentially life-threatening medical complications. It has been found that older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions are the most vulnerable to these medical complications caused by the COVID-19 virus.
When the 2019 novel coronavirus escalates to a more critical situation, the cause is usually one or more of these medical complications:
Pneumonia and trouble breathing
A severe lung condition that causes a low amount of oxygen to go through your bloodstream to your organs (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
Organ failure in several organs
Acute kidney injury
Additional viral and bacterial infections
Why is the virus called coronavirus?
According to the CDC, “coronaviruses derive their name from the fact that under electron microscopic examination, each virion is surrounded by a “corona,” or halo. This is due to the presence of viral spike peplomers emanating from each proteinaceous envelope.”
This coronavirus is known as the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. This new coronavirus is named COVID-19 because it is an acronym derived from stands for coronavirus disease of 2019.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
The World Health Organization has found that for people with more mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease, their recovery time is roughly about two weeks.
People who experienced more severe or critical symptoms of the coronavirus disease have a recovery rate within three to six weeks.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The CDC has identified the following as possible COVID-19 symptoms:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
The CDC also noted that the list above does not include all possible symptoms and stated that they will continue to update the list as they learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak.
How long does it take for COVID-19 symptoms to appear?
Many health organizations, including the CDC, have noted that COVID-19 symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?
In light of new evidence found through a COVID-19 study conducted by the CDC, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, especially situations where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (for example in pharmacies and grocery stores). Wearing a face covering is especially important in regions experiencing signs of rising community-based transmission of COVID-19.
Is the coronavirus disease more severe than the flu?
Annually, the seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected with the virus. In comparison, 3.4% of globally reported COVID-19 cases have died.
The World Health Organization explains that “While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.”