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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated July 28, 2020

We all have many questions right now. We have put together this list library of Frequently Asked Questions to help bring more clarity during this confusing time. Browse our FAQs below. If you have any remaining questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

About COVID-19

In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To protect yourself, maintain social distancing, avoid touching your face, & wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.


There are many ways to help contribute during the pandemic. Whether you want to learn more about flattening the curve, or you want to make a more tangible contribution. Check with your local hospital and state government for the best way to help in your community.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

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