Why is it called COVID-19?

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause very mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses like the common cold. The novel (or new) coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new respiratory disease that can spread from person-to-person. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, China.

The full name of COVID-19 is coronavirus disease 2019, which is shortened to COVID-19. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases. COVID-19 is also sometimes called simply "coronavirus" or "corona."

About COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

How do people get COVID-19?

The virus appears to be mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets are tiny, so you may inhale someone else's respiratory droplets without knowing. 

It may still be possible to get the virus through touching a surface and then touching your nose or mouth, so good hand hygiene is important. Since the virus is so new, researchers will continue to learn more, so check back on this website often for updates.

How can I prevent myself from getting COVID-19?

Washing your hands, disinfecting common surfaces, practicing social distancing, and wearing a face covering are the most effective ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. Visit the Stay Safe section of the website for more detailed advice. 

COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visit the CDC website to learn more. 

Missoula City-County Health Department

301 W. Alder

Missoula, MT  59802

(406) 258-INFO - COVID-19 Information Line

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