COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is spread via person-to-person contact and results from a new strain of the coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are common in many animals and even humans. Examples of infectious diseases from different coronavirus strains are MERS and SARS. COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 strain of the virus.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they usually appear between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Common symptoms include:
For many individuals, COVID-19 will result in a mild flu-like illness, but for many others, including those with underlying conditions, it could cause more serious problems.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Heath Organization (WHO)
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Contribution by: Niloofar Nobakht, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
NKF National Kidney Foundation (NKF)