Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by infection with a new strain of coronavirus scientifically named SARS-CoV-2 and was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.
The risk posed by a virus outbreak depends on factors including how well it spreads between people, the severity of the illness it causes, and the medical or other measures we have to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications).
*The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving. This page will be updated as needed.
Symptoms may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus and include the following:
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses most often associated with the common cold in humans. Coronaviruses are commonly found in many animal species, including cattle, cats and bats. Animal coronaviruses can sometimes infect people and then change, allowing them to spread from person to person, which occurred in the case of the SARS virus in 2002-2003 and with the MERS virus in 2012.