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COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus 2019/2020: Coronavirus Facts

Information and resources about the outbreak of novel coronavirus - COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

It is a respiratory illness caused by a virus in the coronavirus family. Other coronaviruses have caused outbreaks of diseases before, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Accute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 cases have been reported around the world. 

Important Facts

From WHO advice for the public: Myth busters:

  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS and climates, including hot and humid weather.
  • Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the virus.
  • Taking a hot bath does not kill the new coronavirus.
  • It CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Hand dryers alone are not effective in killing the virus. Wash your hands with soap and water. 
  • Flu vaccines and pneumonia vaccines do not protect you from the new coronavirus.
  • People of all ages can be infected with the new coronavirus.
  • To date, there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the new coronavirus. Treatment can relieve symptoms, but not the virus itself. 

Video Intro to COVID-19

More videos from the World Health Organization (WHO)
addressing issues about COVID-19, protecting yourself and others, symptoms, and more