Coronaviruses are a class of respiratory viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses like SARS and MERS. COVID-19 is one type of coronavirus.
Symptoms range from mild to severe (even death) for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Shortness of breath
Approximately 80% of confirmed cases have had mild to moderate symptoms.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
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