Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

This page was created to help you stay up-to-date on the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Auburn Community Hospital COVID-19 Visitors Policy

New York State Department of Health website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
United States Department of State website
World Health Organization website
Auburn Community Hospital COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage



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What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

An outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, called COVID-19 (formerly 2019-nCoV), was recently reported in Wuhan, China. Travelers from that area of the world have since carried the virus to other countries including the United States.


What are the symptoms of the COVID-19 infection?

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. The virus may cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, breathing problems and shortness of breath.

In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.


How does Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

The virus spreads from person to person by droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread on surfaces, although this is considered a less common way for someone to become infected.


How can I reduce my risk of getting Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands as frequently as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, the CDC says. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home from work when you are sick; and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.