A to Z: Coronavirusenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_02_1.jpgThis common viral infection can affect the respiratory tract. Almost everyone has had it at some point in their life. Learn about coronavirus here.Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, novel corona, Wuhan, china, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, viruses, respiratory tract, upper respiratory tract, lungs, throat, mouth, cough, cold, pneumonia, middle eastern respiratory syndrome, MERS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS, viral infections, runny nose, fever, common cold06/08/201502/14/202002/14/20203c6bbabd-7bb9-470a-b468-e294b12fe2f7https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/101553.html/<p><em>May also be called: MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, 2019-nCoV, COVID-19</em></p> <p>A coronavirus (kuh-RO-nuh-vy-rus) is a common virus that can cause illnesses of the upper <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">respiratory tract</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Viruses are <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">germs</a> that can make people and animals sick. Viruses cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chicken-pox.html/">chickenpox</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/flu-center.html/">flu</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hfm.html/">hand, foot, and mouth disease</a>, and many other diseases. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can infect the respiratory tract and cause symptoms like a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever.</p> <p>Seven coronaviruses can infect humans, including the viruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Other coronaviruses can infect animals like cats, dogs, monkeys, and rodents.</p> <p>Almost everyone gets infected with a coronavirus at some point. Usually, the symptoms are mild and last for just a few days. In rare cases, a coronavirus infection can lead to a more serious problem like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumonia.html/">pneumonia</a> or MERS, a severe infection of the respiratory tract that hasn't been found outside of the Arabian Peninsula. SARS is also serious but hasn't been seen since 2004.</p> <p>At the end of 2019, a new type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus</a> called COVID-19 began to make people sick in China. This virus came from animals and moved to people, probably at a market selling live seafood and animals. It causes fever, cough, and trouble breathing. It can be more serious in some people, especially if they were already sick.</p> <p>Doctors believe that coronaviruses spread from person to person through the air by sneezing or coughing, or by close contact, such as shaking hands. Coronavirus infections are most common in the fall and winter.</p> <p>Treatment for most coronavirus infections involves easing symptoms until the infection runs its course. More serious infections may need treatment in a hospital or other care facility.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Chances are you've had a coronavirus infection in the past but thought it was a cold. If you have any concerns about a cough, fever, or other symptoms, call your doctor.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ColdsColds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/b9edc12e-0507-49ec-84a9-b00b20e89827
Coronavirus (COVID-19)The coronavirus (COVID-19) is making people sick with flu-like symptoms. Read this article to learn how to protect your family, and to know when to call your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/785720b5-5473-4c5c-9e0e-7f5f1434dea3
CoughingCoughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/68554637-7469-4d09-8ba7-5bb9211fcd47
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/78b1159a-926b-4cce-aeaa-d5220def6a58
Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?Your child has a sore throat, cough, and a high fever. Is it COVID-19? Could it be the flu? Or just a cold? Here are tips on what to look for, and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vs-cold.html/16fd4bfe-f370-4bed-879d-e830fcc1b411
Lungs and Respiratory SystemBy the time we're 70 years old, we will have taken at least 600 million breaths. All of this breathing couldn't happen without the respiratory system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/6fe380c0-fe47-47a4-ba19-7e0944585a61