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Coronavirus: What you need to know

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Coronavirus: What you need to know

As coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the globe, there is important information you should know about the potentially deadly disease, what you can do to mitigate its impact, and how you can keep yourself and others safe.


Coronavirus: Symptoms and transmission


What are the symptoms?

Many symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza overlap, here's how to spot the differences.

Are digestive issues a symptom?

Could diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues be the first signs of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19?

Are the loss of smell and taste symptoms?

The loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a sign that an individual has coronavirus, according to a recent report.

When should you go to the hospital, and when should you stay home?

There are steps you should take to protect yourself and others before heading to the doctor or emergency room that will also help protect the nation’s health care systems.

How is coronavirus transmitted?

According to the CDC, coronaviruses are common in camels, cattle, cats and bats. Person-to-person transmissions are thought to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.

How often are people hospitalized for it?

The risk of contracting coronavirus remains low for most Americans, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.

What are the levels of severity?

The severity of the novel coronavirus can differ from person to person.

Does your blood type matter?

People with blood type A might be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, while those with type O blood could be more resistant, according to a study from China.

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