Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease started in 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally, resulting in the 2019–21 coronavirus pandemic.

Computer generated image of a corona virus. image: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM CDC via wikipedia

Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat are less common symptoms. 

While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure. The deaths per number of diagnosed cases is estimated at between 1% and 5% but varies by age and other health conditions.

Source adapted from: Wikipedia contributors. (2020, March 16). Coronavirus disease 2019. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:43, March 16, 2020, from