COVID-19 FAQs

What is the Novel CoronaVirus?

The novel Coronavirus is a new strain of 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. 

Why is it called COVID-19? 

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the disease that has caused the novel Coronavirus outbreak. The new name of the disease is Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ’CO’ stands for ’corona’, ’VI’ for ’virus’ and ’D’ for ’disease’. 

Where did COVID-19 originate?

The first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan Province in China. 

When was COVID-19 first discovered?

China reported the outbreak to the World Health Organization (WHO) December 31, 2019. 

Who is at the highest risk for contracting COVID-19?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes: 

  • Adults age 65 and older.
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems 
  • Individuals undergoing cancer treatments
  • individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions such as:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
    • Severe obesity