What is COVID-19?

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a respiratory illness that can easily spread from person to person. Transmission can occur between people up to six feet from each other through coughing, sneezing, or even breathing. Symptoms include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath, although transmission is possible when the virus is in its incubation period and an individual is asymptomatic. There is no vaccine or anti-viral treatment currently available. It is believed COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.

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