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Coronavirus COVID-19: Coronavirus AKA COVID-19

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What is it?  COVID-19  

Also called: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), novel coronavirus COVID-19

The World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease: coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated COVID-19. ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is a coronavirus. The word corona means crown and refers to the appearance that coronaviruses get from the spike proteins sticking out of them.

COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, the flu, or pneumonia, but COVID-19 can also harm other parts of the body.  The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the World Health Organization (WHO)

About COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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