Latest information from the Maryland Department of Health
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread to countries throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
How COVID-19 spreads:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
- Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
The vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for more serious illness.
CovidCONNECT is a free online forum for those who tested positive for COVID-19. It’s a place for those who have recovered — or who are in the process of recovering — from their illness.
You can promote action and find support on CovidCONNECT — share your recovery story, learn about research opportunities, find mental health resources