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What is Coronavirus disease?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness such as respiratory infections, common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) etc.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus is officially named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries and WHO declared a global pandemic in March 2020.

References:

  1. WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
  2. Mayo Clinic: COVID19 - Symptoms and Causes
  3. healthdirect: Symptoms of COVID-19 and how the virus spreads
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