The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. Because this is a new virus, people do not have any immunity to it. Some folks have very mild symptoms while others suffer severe respiratory illness, even death.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. WHO declares a pandemic when a new virus emerges and spreads around the world that most people do not have immunity to.
All 50 states in the United States have reported cases of COVID-19. There are currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for it. The information on these pages will help you learn more about this disease and how to stay safe. Please let us know if you have any questions. We're here to help in this difficult time.
Coronavirus - COVID-19 - Hesperian Health Guides
These fact sheets provide a range of information related to COVID-19 that are tailored to multiple audiences. You'll find materials here in over 26 different languages.