What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Incubation period for the COVID-19 virus can range from 2 to 14 days. Typically, once infected, it takes an average of 5 to 6 days for symptoms to show.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 virus are similar to the common cold and influenza, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and shortness of breath.
However, there are reports of asymptomatic infections (detection of virus without any symptoms) and pre-symptomatic infections (detection of virus prior to development of symptoms).
How does COVID-19 spread?
The COVID-19 virus spreads through droplets of saliva or nasal mucus when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Hence, transmission occurs with any close physical contact such as shaking hands with an infected person or touching surfaces with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.