The video above was recorded on the afternoon of March 31, 2020. On later dates, contained information may be out of date.
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a novel, or newly-discovered, coronavirus that was identified in humans in 2019. There are a lot of coronaviruses, and they cause about a third of the cases of what we call the common cold. Coronaviruses often cause upper respiratory tract illnesses, and they’re found in humans and animals.
Because this is a new virus in humans, we’re still learning about it. The situation and our understanding of it is changing constantly.
COVID-19 produces symptoms similar to other, more common illnesses, many of which are in our community. Symptoms are sometimes mild or moderate, but can also be life-threatening, especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems. The CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing to slow the spread of this disease. The slower it spreads, the more time we have to learn about it and protect our communities.