Corona Virus – What you need to know
What Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick with flu-like symptoms.
The illness is called coronavirus disease-19 — COVID-19 for short. The first cases were diagnosed in people who had visited a market in China that sold live seafood and animals. The virus spreads easily and has now affected people in many countries.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, and may lead to illnesses like pneumonia.
How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?
Experts are still investigating how COVID-19 spreads. In general, coronaviruses spread through droplets sent into the air when people cough or sneeze. The virus can spread in communities from one person to another, and through contact with surfaces that have germs on them.
Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dangerous to Children?
Experts are still learning about COVID-19, so we don’t have a lot of information about it yet. There are far fewer cases of the virus reported in children. Most of them caught the infection from someone they lived with or a family member. The virus seems to cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people.
Call your doctor if your child or someone in your family has a fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms. Tell the doctor if they have been near someone with COVID-19 or lived in or traveled to an area where lots of people have the coronavirus.
Make sure your children have all their vaccinations. Protect them against illnesses like measles and the flu. This helps keep them out of the doctor’s office or hospital where they could be around other germs, including the coronavirus. Plus, kids who have another infection may have a harder time getting better if they do get the coronavirus. It’s not too late to get a flu shot!
Experts around the world are studying and tracking COVID-19 and are taking steps to prevent it from spreading. This means identifying people who have the virus and anyone they come into contact with.
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