COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been diagnosed in humans before the current worldwide health crisis. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019 and was proclaimed as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
As of early June 2020, there have been over 6.8 million people who have tested positive for COVID-19 across the world, with the United States having the most cases (1.9 million) and the most COVID-19 related deaths (approx. 109,500) so far.
COVID-19 is a virus that is:
- Undetectable to the eyes: You cannot tell who has COVID-19 by looking at them and many people who are infected are asymptomatic (i.e. do not show any symptoms at all).
- Highly Contagious: It is estimated that one person with COVID-19 has the possibility of infecting up to at least four other people and the infection rate could double every six days.
- Can Live In the Air & On Surfaces: Studies have found that COVID-19 virus particles can live up to three hours in the air and can live on plastic, stainless steel, copper, and cardboard up to three days.