Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
What is the definition of elderly?
65 years old or older is considered elderly
Is there treatment for COVID-19?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should take over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment may include advanced care to support vital organ functions.