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What is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is an infectious viral disease that spreads mainly through sneezes and coughs and infects the respiratory tract.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Symptoms of COVID-19 resemble those of the flu: fever, chills, coughing and shortness of breath. Other symptoms that have been observed are sore throat, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and coughing up blood.
What causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
The COVID-19 disease is caused by the novel coronavirus virus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which also includes the common cold. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect …
How is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) diagnosed?
Because COVID-19 has similar symptoms to other viral diseases, it is not easy to diagnose. Infection with the novel coronavirus is diagnosed by finding evidence of the virus in respiratory samples such as swabs from the back of the nose …
How is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treated?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. People who …
How long does the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection last?
The infection period for the novel coronavirus will vary from person to person. Mild symptoms in an otherwise healthy individual may resolve over just a few days. Similar to influenza, for an individual with other ongoing …
How to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include: …
How is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread?
The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 meters) and through respiratory droplets and small viral particles that can float in the air when …
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 28 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 05 Mar 2020
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