What is the coronavirus?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus.  

Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions. 

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath.  The virus may be transmitted by being in close proximity with droplet contact (coughing, sneezing, etc.) from an infected person.