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Coronavirus FAQs

There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the coronavirus, but questions continue to mount. Our partners at Children's Hospital Colorado have put together a comprehensive list of questions they have received, with specific information for families and questions children may have.

With the new coronavirus in the spotlight for media attention and public concern, we asked one of our experts to answer parents' common questions about the respiratory illness.

 

Here's what Chris Nyquist, MD, an infectious disease specialist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital Colorado, had to say.

 

What is this new coronavirus?

 

The clinical name for this new coronavirus is COVID-19. It was identified as the cause of a respiratory illness outbreak first detected in China in December 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases in the United States.

 

The illness that it causes has been named COronaVIrus Disease-19 (COVID-19). This is a new virus that has not been previously identified in the human population. Early studies suggest that it likely originated from a bat virus.

 

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