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Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67048214
Alternate name: COVID-19

A new virus first detected in Wuhan, China, known as Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans, has been detected in multiple countries worldwide, including the United States. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. 

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new type of coronavirus. This new virus was first detected in people in Wuhan City, China, and has since been detected worldwide, including in the United States. This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal colds and flu viruses spread. The virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” which is abbreviated “COVID-19”. Most people have not been exposed to it and have not developed immunity to it.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold in people. Others occur in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people. Some of these can then spread between people. There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection with this new virus or anti-viral medication to treat it.
Most people who get COVID-19 can be taken care of at home, just like with seasonal flu. However some people can become very ill and require hospitalization.

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