COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Basics from the CDC

The virus - SARS-CoV-2

SARS-CoV-2  is the virus that causes COVID-19. It stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, a more contagious genetic cousin of SARS we saw in 2003 According to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died. In the United States, only eight people had laboratory evidence of SARS-CoV infection.

The disease - COVID-19

COVID-19  is the name of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 is an abbriviation for Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019

Lethality - Cytokine Storm

Cytokine Storm is the reason so many people die. Cytokines are the body’s immune messengers. A cytokine storm triggers an exaggerated inflammatory response that may damage the liver, blood vessels, kidneys, and lungs, and increase the formation of blood clots throughout the body. Ultimately, the cytokine storm may cause more harm than the coronavirus itself.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:


  • Fever
  • Body ache
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of smell


  • Loss of smell
  • Inability to taste
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
  • Dizziness
  • confusion
  • delirium
  • seizures
  • stroke


  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort