World Health Organization

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

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus 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 be well informed
about the COVID-19 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, by 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.
WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical
findings become available.

Stay informed: