What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus with origins from bats. The disease, abbreviated COVID-19, is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. This novel coronavirus strain is capable of causing more severe respiratory disease than previously circulating coronaviruses. Due to the severity of the disease caused by COVID-19 new recommendations for screening and isolation of these patients are recommended.

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1. What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
2. How is COVID-19 spread?
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
4. How can I help protect myself?