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Illustration of a coronavirus created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold: through the air by coughing or sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it; and occasionally fecal contamination.

What should I do if I think I’m sick?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor. Call ahead before visiting a medical provider.

To prevent the spread of the disease if you are sick, stay home except to get medical care, separate yourself from other people in your home, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean your hands often, avoid sharing personal household items, and clean all high-touch surfaces everyday. Stay hydrated.

Sources: Pennsylvania Ag Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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