What is Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

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1. What is Coronavirus?
2. What is the source of the virus?
3. How does the virus spread?
4. Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
5. Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
6. Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
7. Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
8. What is community spread?