The video above was recorded on the morning of May 15, 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 On later dates, contained information may be out of date.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 and wear non-medical masks in public to slow the spread of this disease. The slower it spreads, the more time we have to learn about it and protect our communities.
Although the Stay At Home order has been allowed to expire, Minnesotans still need to StaySafeMN. Wash your hands, get tested when sick, stay 6 feet away from others, wear a mask, and stay home when you can.