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COVIF-19 is a coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan China that was named COVID-19 by the Wolrd Health Organization on February 11, 2020.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
The CDC reports current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The virus spreads person-to-person that can happen on a continuum.
Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
People at higher risk may include:
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
Contact your healthcare provider right away and monitor your symptoms for fever, cough, shortness of breath.
The CDC recommends that not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider.
Testing decisions are made at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians. Your healthcare provider will tell you if and how you should be tested.
There is no treatment at this time.
According to the CDC there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from skin or fur of pets. There has been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.