According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. There are many types of these viruses, but the disease that comes from SARS-CoV-2 that has generated widespread global concern is referred to as COVID-19, and it has not previously been seen by humans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the virus is thought to spread from people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes — which can land on and be inhaled by people nearby. The CDC says they are still learning exactly how the virus spreads, the severity the illness can cause, and to what extend it may spread in the U.S.
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