Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals.

They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Current status

Refer to ​COVID-19 for the current status.​ 

The situation is evolving rapidly – please see the WHO updates for current outbreak information.​​​​​

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