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What is coronavirus? | What is coronavirus? | Birmingham City Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that affects your lungs and airways. It was first identified in Wuhan City, China, but is now identified and spreading across the globe.