Stay Informed About The Coronavirus
With the recent concerns about a novel coronavirus, the South Brunswick Public Library has put together resources from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a name for a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections generally referred to as the common cold. These are usually mild illnesses. Within this family are viruses that can cause rarer illnesses such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.
It has been increasingly common to refer to COVID-19 as “the Coronavirus” due to its sudden appearance, which can be confusing considering this novel coronavirus has a few medical distinctions:
- Novel Coronavirus – When reports of outbreaks first began, this virus was sometimes just referred to as a novel coronavirus, which meant this was a new strain of coronavirus before it was officially classified.
- COVID-19 – This is an acronym that translates into Coronavirus Disease 2019. This is the name of the disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus strain that was first identified in late 2019.
- SARS-CoV-2 – This is the officially name of the novel coronavirus strain and should not be confused with the 2002 outbreak of SARS. Just like the name COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 is an acronym that translates to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. It is the virus strain of SARS-CoV-2 that causes the illness known as COVID-19.
Current Updates from the CDC
For the latest information
As the situation develops, information and responses will be available from agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Find links to more information below: