Answered By: Maria Deptula
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2020     Views: 20

The coronavirus is a novel virus that originated in Wuhan, China. It is a respiratory illness in a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. 

Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This novel form of the coronavirus has the potential to cause severe disease and death. Available information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems may be at increased risk of severe disease.

Because coronavirus symptoms replicate the flu, it is important not to panic, and to see your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.


As of January 31st 2020, there are no reported coronavirus cases in New York and New Jersey and no cases at Berkeley College.

In January 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning on all nonessential travel to China, the highest level of travel restrictions.

More information on the coronavirus can be found on The World Health Organization website.

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