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What are the symptoms? How bad will the outbreak become? The latest advice to keep you informed and safe.

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Find answers to the latest questions about COVID-19 here.

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The coronavirus is a newly discovered strain of a family of viruses that infect animals and sometimes humans. Below are some common questions (and answers) about the rapidly spreading outbreak, now officially called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and previously referred to as the “2019 novel coronavirus” or 2019-nCoV.

Where did this new coronavirus virus come from?

The virus itself, named SARS-CoV-2 originated in bats, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In December 2019, the first cases in humans were detected…


Health officials urge calm as the fast-spreading virus reaches the United States

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Please see our Coronavirus FAQ for the latest information on this outbreak.

The United States has its first confirmed case of the deadly coronavirus — an illness spreading with alarming speed across China and elsewhere in Asia. Even so, U.S. health officials say the risk to Americans is low. For now.

As of today, 300 human infections have been confirmed in China, Messonnier said, with at least three deaths. …

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