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Coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated to COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common in animals and humans.
COVID-19 was first detected in China in late 2019. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
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There is a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 on the internet and being shared through social media. See the Evaluating Sources page of this guide for help determining whether the information you find is credible.
To learn how to identify and avoid misinformation, see some of the resources below: