Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and animals. A newly identified type called COVID-19 has caused a recent and widespread outbreak of respiratory illness.
Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Call your doctor or healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).