Great Explanation of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

World Map of Cases

Follow this link for a World Map and listing of cases world wide of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

WHO Summary of Events

• A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.

• WHO is working 24/7 to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.

• The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.

• The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

• On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

• To stay up to date, follow @DrTedros and @WHO on Twitter, read WHO’s daily situation reports and news releases, and watch our regular press conferences.


Free On-Line Course from the World Health Organization

WHO On-line Coronavirus Course

  • The WHO is offering an on-line course on the novel coronavirus.  This course provides a general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
  • This course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs.
  • As the official disease name was established after material creation, any mention of nCoV refers to COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
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COVID-19 (CO rona VI rus D isease 20 19)

Wash Your Hands

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The single most important advice health experts can give  to help us stay safe from, coronavirus, COVID-19, and the flu, is: Wash your hands.

Hand washing with soap and water neutralizes the coronavirus.  The key is using SOAP. The second thing soap does is mechanical. It makes skin slippery so that with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off and rinse them away. Avoid coronavirus symptoms: WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

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American consumers are beginning to display a symptom of the illness seen in Asia and Europe - hoarding.

Supermarket shelves continue to empty.  Lines to get in and many places masks are required.

The question now is how long we need to stay isolated.  At this point the answer is unknown. Will grocery shopping return to normal.  People are scared to have coronavirus symptoms.

Watch for Symptoms

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Watch for Symptoms


Reported illnesses from coronavirus have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 

2-14 days after exposure coronavirus symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath