Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that has been identified in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has caused cases of severe pneumonia in China and there have been exported cases in other countries and cities.
The symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to moderate respiratory illness and are similar to that of regular pneumonia. Typical symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease are at a higher risk of developing serious illness.
COVID-19 can be transmitted from human-to-human, and evidence suggests that the spread is mostly via droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The best way to prevent and slow down the transmission of COVID-19 is to be well-informed. Protect yourself and others from infection by staying vigilant and observing good personal hygiene practices such as safe distancing and mask wearing.
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