Coronavirus (COVID19) - What is COVID-19?


Get the latest COVID19 UpdatesCoronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV), also known as COVID-19, is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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Visit the OSAE News page and search for stories related to the virus by typing "coronavirus" into the search bar on the bottom right-hand of the web page.

Due to the importance of this issue and conversations that the federal government may provide financial support to those impacted by COVID-19, OSAE drafted and sent a letter to Congressional leaders and all representatives of Ohio's leadership in Washington, D.C. on March 10, 2020. You can read the letter we sent here.