In early 2020, a new virus began generating headlines all over the world because of the unprecedented speed of its transmission. More and more people are dying, this is very serious moment in time.

The disease caused by an infection with SARS-CoV-2 is called COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

In spite of the global panic in the news about this virus, you’re unlikely to contract SARS-CoV-2 unless you’ve been in contact with someone who has a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Let’s bust some myths. Read on to learn how this 2019 coronavirus is spread, how it’s similar and different from other coronaviruses, and how to prevent spreading it to others if you suspect you’ve contracted this virus.

Doctors are learning new things about this virus every day. So far, we know that COVID-19 may not initially cause any symptoms for some people.

You may carry the virus for 2 days or up to 2 weeksTrusted Source before you notice symptoms.

Some common symptoms that have been specifically linked to COVID-19 include:

.shortness of breath
.having a cough that gets more severe over time
.a low-grade fever that gradually increases in temperature

These symptoms may become more severe in some people. Call emergency medical services if you or someone you care for have any of the following symptoms:

.trouble breathing
.blue lips or face
.persistent pain or pressure in the chest
.excessive drowsiness
The full list of symptoms is still being investigated.