The Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from we know as the common cold to more far more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain that was identified in the city of Wuhan in 2019.
The spread of the virus around the world has resulted in it being categorised as a global pandemic (from Greek pan meaning "all" and and demos meaning "people"). A pandemic is when a virus occurs simultaneously in multiples locations around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classified COVID-19 as a pandemic as it originated in China and spread to multiple continents around the world at roughly the same time.
As COVID-19 is a new disease which has not been previously identified in humans there are a lot of speculation circulating online and on social media regarding the origin and severity of the virus. This page is not here to offer medical advice, but rather to direct you to sources which are widely regarded as credible.
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