A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat.
They can spread much like cold viruses. Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child Most coronaviruses are not dangerous, but some are. Those that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS ) can be deadly. *Common Symptoms* of Coronavirus
The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever.
In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus. *What to Do About* Coronavirus
There is no vaccine for coronavirus.
To help prevent a coronavirus infection, do the same things you do to *avoid the common cold* :
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are infected.
Treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold:
Get plenty of rest.
Take over-the-counter medicine for a sore throat and fever. But don’t give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19; use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead.
A humidifier or steamy shower can also help ease a sore and scratchy throat. *How Do You Prevent the Spread?*
If you’re in an area where it’s spreading, take these steps:
Wash your hands often or clean them with an alcohol-based sanitizer. This kills viruses on your hands.
Keep your distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing.
Don’t touch your face. Coronaviruses can live on surfaces you touch for up to a few hours. If they get on your hands and get to your eyes, nose, or mouth, they can get into your body.
*There’s no need to wear a face mask* unless your doctor tells you to. You will need one if you’ve been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or have COVID-19 or if you’re a health care worker or caring for someone who has it
*What Is the Treatment for COVID-19?*
There’s no specific treatment for COVID-19. People who get it need care to ease their symptoms, like rest, fluids, and fever control. Those with severe cases need to be cared for in the hospital. *Who Gets It?*
Anyone can get it, and most infections are usually mild, especially in children and young adults. But if you aren’t in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, haven’t travelled from an area where it’s spreading, and haven’t been in contact with someone who has it, your risk of infection is low.
Older people and those with weakened immune systems or medical conditions like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or diabetes are most likely to get a serious illness.