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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know: Home

Coronavirus has made headlines across the world lately, and with cases popping up across the United States every day, medical professionals and students need to be prepared. This guide will serve as a starting point for resources on the 2019-nCoV.

Fast Facts

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, these viruses cause (typically) mild to moderate respiratory infections, like the common cold. Two of the newer coronaviruses, MERS and SARS, have been known to cause severe illness and can be fatal. 

Most coronaviruses infect animals and rarely evolve to infect and spread between humans. 

The most recent coronavirus to make the news is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. It has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, China. Early patients were linked to a large seafood and animal market, but more recent ones reported no exposure to animal markets which indicated person-to-person spread, though it is unclear how easily. 

Confirmed 2019-nCoV Cases Globally

Novel Coronavirus 2019, Wuhan, China. (2020, January 28). Retrieved January 31, 2020, from