COVID-19 stands for "coronavirus disease 2019." It is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan a providence in China, and quickly spread around the world.
People with COVID-19 can have fever, cough, trouble breathing, and other symptoms. Problems with breathing happen when the infection affects the lungs and causes pneumonia.
Most people who get COVID-19 will not get severely ill. But some do. In many areas, people have been told to stay home and away from other people. This is to try to slow the spread of the virus.
The virus associated with COVID-19 spreads from person to person, making it highly contagious. This can potentially occur when a person infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks near other people. It may also be possible to become infected with The COVID-19 virus if you touch a surface that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, similar to how the flu spreads.
A person can be infected may not present with symptoms, and not know and spread the virus to others. This is why keeping people apart is one of the best ways to slow community spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Symptoms Symptoms usually start 4 or 5 days after a person has become infected with the virus. But in some people, it can take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to appear. Some people never show symptoms at all.
When symptoms do happen, they can include:
●Problems with sense of smell or taste
Some people infected with COVID-19 have reported digestive symptoms, such as nausea or diarrhea.
For most people, symptoms will get better within a few weeks. But in others, COVID-19 can lead to serious problems like pneumonia, not getting enough oxygen, heart problems, or even death. This is more common in people who are 65 years or older or have other health problems like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer, or obesity. In addition children can become infected with CPOVID-19 but may present with mild to no symptoms at all.