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A new coronavirus is a coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, is not the same as coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold.
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the official name of the disease causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and was first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name for the disease is coronavirus disease 2019, and its abbreviated form is COVID-19. In COVID-19, "CO" stands for "corona", "VI" for "virus" and "D" for "disease." Before, the way to refer to this disease was "new coronavirus 2019" or "2019-nCoV".
There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper respiratory illness. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans.
Most people who contract COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC provides guidance for those recovering at home and their caregivers, including:
However, some people may need emergency medical attention. Watch for symptoms and know when to seek emergency medical attention.
Children can be infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get the disease. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or may not have any symptoms at all ("asymptomatic"). Compared to adults, fewer children were infected with COVID-19. However, children with certain underlying conditions and infants (less than 1 year-old) may be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Some children developed a rare serious illness that is associated with COVID-19, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).