What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are members of the coronavirus family of viruses — one of the many families that include viruses able to infect people and animals. Seven members of the coronavirus family can make people ill, one of which is the new coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms typically include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Less common symptoms include headache, sore throat, and stuffy or runny nose. Some people have also reported a diminished sense of taste and smell. In some patients, symptoms can worsen into pneumonia.

What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

What should you do if you have the coronavirus?

See full answer Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency. Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Stay away from others: As much as possible, stay away from others. You should stay in a specific "sick room" if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Is coronavirus a disease?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

What is the name of the disease caused by the coronavirus?

The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").