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COVID-19 is a novel (new) virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe respiratory illness and death for confirmed cases. Symptoms include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Learn more.
Health experts are still learning about how this new virus is spread. Other coronaviruses are spread from person to person through:
While there is no vaccine currently, public health officials have provided the following mitigation and preventative measures: