What We Know About COVID-19
Coronavirus disease is an infectious respiratory disease that spreads primarily through person-to-person contact by way of respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the transmission of the virus can occur to others who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). COVID-19 can also be spread by touching your eyes, mouth, or nose after touching a surface or object that has come into contact with the virus. People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Elderly individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illnesses.