What is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new (novel) coronavirus that has been detected in countries around the world, including the United States. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases.
Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Louis or the state of Missouri?
Yes. Visit the state Department of Health & Senior Services for the most recent numbers.
How widespread is the virus?
For the latest statistics, you can look at the map of global cases and a map of the United States on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. It is highly likely that the number of cases being reported globally – including in the United States – will increase significantly in the days and weeks ahead, as testing for COVID-19 becomes more available.
How can I track the COVID-19 outbreak?
There are a number of online resources for tracking the number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally. Johns Hopkins University is maintaining an interactive map that is gathering data from a number of sources.
How serious is COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including some cases that have resulted in death. According to the World Health Organization, most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but there is a risk of severe illness, especially in older people and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes.
What are the symptoms of the virus?
Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Based on current information, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching respiratory droplets — usually through a cough or sneeze — from an infected person.