Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from one to another. The virus that is behind COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that was first picked out during the investigative outbreak in Wuhan, China. On March 11, the WHO declared the fast spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

COVID-19 most probably emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from human to human. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 2 meters) through respiratory droplets produced when a person who is infected
sneezes or coughs. It also may be possible to catch COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. One would then catch the virus by touching their own nose, mouth, or eyes, but so far, from the information gathered by medical professionals, this is not the main way
the virus is spreading.

Symptoms associated with the virus are the following;

  • Mild to severe fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
    Currently there is no vaccine against COVID-19, and no antiviral treatment.

Please note, as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, the above list of symptoms is subject to change.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, eMed is working diligently to help keep you healthy and safe. eMed is here to help. If you have anything similar to the symptoms listed above, our doctors can assess your condition and help determine the necessary next steps, all from the comfort of your home.