Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that originate in animals but are known to cause respiratory illness in humans, particularly during the fall and winter months. Human coronaviruses are common and can range from mild illnesses such as the common cold, to severe illnesses.
On December 31, 2019, cases of undiagnosed viral pneumonia were first reported by health authorities in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China. The cause was confirmed as a novel (new) coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, which has not previously been identified in humans. On January 30, the World Health Organization declared a Global Health Emergency due to the potential global impact that the 2019-nCoV may have on developing countries. The risk of contracting the virus in Canada remains low.
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