What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 or coronavirus is a newly identified type of coronavirus that was first diagnosed in 2019, hence the -19 at the end of COVID. This virus has demonstrated how it is dissimilar to previous coronaviruses. This is shown in that the symptoms are much worse than those of a mild cold or illness. This is why we need to be careful with our vulnerable populations.
COVID-19 can be transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person. For example, through such actions a cough, sneeze, sharing of utensils, shaking of hands that had previously touched an infected person’s face, or being too close to an infected individual. At this time, symptoms can take up to 14 days to show up. This means an individual can be infected and spread COVID-19 before they feel any signs of illness.