What is Coronavirus or COVID-19?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus, and a part of the coronavirus family, which are viruses that can cause a variety of respiratory illnesses. Coronaviruses cause one-third of common colds, and sometimes respiratory infections.

SAR-CoV-2 causes COVID-19 disease. The world — including our best medical professionals, researchers and scientists — had never seen it before the end of 2019. While new information is still being discovered about the virus, enough is known to make informed decisions about patient health.