For the confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections, the symptoms have ranged from infected people with little or no symptoms to infected people becoming severely ill and dying.
Symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Upper Respiratory Symptoms
- Shortness of Breath
At this time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Since this strain is still so new and in need of further research, theses assumptions are based on observations of how symptoms developed with the MERS-CoV strain.
In the most serious cases, COVID-19 infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Coronavirus is zoonotic, meaning they are initially transmitted between animals and people, and these types of viruses are named for the crown-like spikes (or "coronas") on their surfaces when viewed under an electron microscope. With the recent identification of COVID-19, there are now seven known strains of human coronaviruses which can infect people. Most Coronavirus is not life threatening. The COVID-19 strain is being monitored closely as a potentially more serious strain of human coronavirus.