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.
Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others. Please watch the video to learn more about social distancing.
Updated on May,17 2020