Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

General Information

  • SARS-CoV-2 is also known as Covid-19.  It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

  • By early March 2020, human infection spread to over 70 countries, infected over 92,000 people and killed over 3,100 people. 

  • On March 11, 2020 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared SARS-CoV-2 as a global pandemic.

  • Updated case counts can be found in the WHO’s COVID-2019 situation reports and on the CDC’s Cases in the U.S. web page.

Information for Patients

  • Median incubation time of SARS-CoV-2 is 5 days

  • Symptoms may present within 2-14 days of infection

  • Symptoms are similar to other viral respiratory diseases

  • Symptoms include:

  • Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath

  • Emergency warning signs of COVID-10 include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain and/or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Blue lips or face

  • Spreading of the virus is through respiratory droplets that are produced when infected people cough or sneeze

  • People can get infected by touching surfaces or objects that have the respiratory droplets on them and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

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