Updated Last on May 22, 2020
There are four types of coronaviruses that are common in humans and often cause mild to moderate illness like the common cold. Coronaviruses are common in many species of animals, and usually cannot be transmitted to humans. Occasionally, there are coronaviruses that have not been found in humans before and cause more severe illness such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). To protect yourself from getting coronaviruses: wash, your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a coronavirus that has not been found to occur in humans prior to being identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December of 2019. It has been associated with an outbreak of respiratory illness in China. The primary risk factor at this time is recent travel to mainland China or close contact (within 6 feet) of someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Symptoms for Coranavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) range from mild to severe and include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is thought to spread through respiratory droplets, similar to the flu. This virus is not spreading in the United States right now but the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands .