March 7, 2020 – Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What Do We Know About Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses – some cause illness in people, and others only infect animals. Some coronaviruses infect animals
then spread to people, and then spread person to person such as:
• Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
• Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
• Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Common coronaviruses include some that cause mild upper-respiratory illnesses, like the common cold.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Initial case-patients reported visiting a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 spreads the same way the flu and other respiratory diseases spread:
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).