Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has resulted in an ongoing pandemic. As of 19 August 2020, more than 21.9 million cases have been reported across 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 777,000 deaths. More than 13.9 million people have recovered.
Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste.While most people have mild symptoms, some people develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) possibly precipitated by cytokine storm, multi-organ failure, septic shock, and blood clots. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days, but may range from two to fourteen days.« Back to Glossary Index