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What is COVID-19?

First identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a respiratory virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of human infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread throughout the world, with more cases reported daily. On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months.

As the world is dealing with the pandemic  2019 Cornonavirus COVID-19, access to relevant and timely information is critical. This guide was primarily created as a one-stop information source for our health sciences and social work students but others might find it relevant.


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