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Similar outbreaks include the MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) of 2012 and the SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus) of 2002. Viruses and the illnesses they cause often have different names; the disease that Coronavirus causes is referred to as COVID-19.
As of March 11, the World Health Organization declared the situation a pandemic. Pandemics are declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world.
Am I at risk?
It is a respiratory illness and therefore causes symptoms that are flu-like in nature, including fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath.
This guide will be updated throughout the coming days, weeks, and months as the story develops and studies emerge. Please see below for links to general information on the virus and the status of the epidemic, and check out the tabs to the right for more in depth info.