Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from mild diseases, such as a cold, to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. Recently, a new coronavirus was detected that had not been previously seen in humans. The disease, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person. There are no vaccines or specific treatments available for COVID-19, however medicine and vaccine research is underway. Due to widespread community transmission, every New Yorker is advised to closely monitor their health, practice social distancing, and stay at home as much as possible. For more information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit NYC's Health website on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover without complications. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to pneumonia, hospitalization or dealth.
People who are at most risk for severe illness are older adults or those who have chronic health conditions, such as:
A weakened immune system
In general, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued the following guidance to help New Yorkers stay healthy:
More information on NYC DOHMH guidance with regard to COVID-19 can be found at visit NYC Health's website on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).