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What is COVID-19?

Overview

From the World Health Organization, read more here.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a novel, or newly discovered, coronavirus.

Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

What is COVID-19?


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(credit to Johns Hopkins University)

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(credit to Saint Louis County CARES)

To see more detailed information about St. Louis County-specific cases, outcomes, and testing, visit Saint Louis County CARES. 

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