What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China.  This is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. The first human case of the COVID-19 virus in the United States was identified on January 21st in a Washington state resident who had recently traveled to Wuhan. There is still much to learn about COVID-19.
Currently, the reported symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

    Most people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms.


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1. What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. Who is at risk for the COVID-19 virus?
4. What can I do to protect myself and others against the virus?
5. Does Maryland have any confirmed cases of the virus?
6. Which phase of reopening is Prince George’s County in?
7. How is Prince George’s County handling the COVID-19 pandemic?
8. Where do I go if I want to get tested for COVID-19?
9. Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
10. Where can I find more information?
11. Is the County doing anything to alleviate rent?
12. How does the CARES Act protect against evictions to HUD program recipients?
13. What assistance is available to homeowners who have federally-backed mortgages?
14. Will local food pantries be expanded?
15. If I get tested, what should I do while I wait for my results to return?
16. How is the County assisting small businesses?
17. Is the County assisting those providing local COVID-19 relief efforts?
18. How can persons apply for unemployment insurance?
19. What do I do if I am currently facing an eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic?