About the disease
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your body, in particular your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. It was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Since then it has spread across the world.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, lost of taste and/or smell, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include wearing a mask, regular hand washing, using hand sanitizer, maintaining social distancing, and staying home except for essential outings. Avoid close contact with anyone not in your household, and anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.