On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, as cases have spiked around the world in the last two weeks outside of China, where the novel coronavirus originated. As of publication, WHO has documented 125,288 confirmed cases of the disease globally, and the spread of the disease has had serious impacts in the hardest-hit countries like Iran and Italy.
As in any situation, knowledge is power. In the interest of empowering people to respond to this pandemic, Teen Vogue has collected information from medical and public health authorities to explain some fundamental facts about coronavirus, COVID-19, and how the duo of virus and disease is spreading.
What are coronaviruses and how is this one different?
According to WHO, coronaviruses (also known as CoV in medical jargon) are a family of viruses that includes other notable examples like the virus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory