The Novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. It is an upper respiratory disease that can induce a fever, dry cough, and in severe cases shortness of breath. Reported illnesses ranged from mild, severe, and death in some cases.
It was first identified in the latter half of 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. It is believed the virus came from bats at a live animal market.
Symptoms can take 2-14 days to appear and during which time an infected person can still transmit the virus to other people without knowing he/she is infected.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading person-to-person easily and sustainably. It is spread like how other viruses are spread, droplets in the air through a cough and/or sneeze. This virus reportedly can live on surfaces like a door knob or a light switch for up to 72 hours. So it is absolutely crucial for people to practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the virus spread.
If you show flu-like symptoms such as, fever, cough or shortness of breath please call the SSMH COVID Hotline at 833.852.4622