Coronavirus: What Is It?
There are many families of viruses that largely cause respiratory illnesses, such as the “common cold.” Coronavirus is one of them.
Some coronaviruses, like SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012, can be very serious and sometimes even fatal. Others cause less serious symptoms that feel like having a cold. Information about the current coronavirus — COVID-19 — is still emerging, so scientists are learning what its long-term effects will be.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to “the flu” and include a runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fever. Diagnosis can be made by a special throat swab and blood test.
Additional Online Resources
We’ve collected a list of other resources to help you and your kids better understand COVID-19.
Cincinnati Public Schools
CPS has compiled a list of resources to help parents, students and educators navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
A one-stop shop for how Cincinnati is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic from a business and commerce perspective.
Glazer Children’s Museum
Tips for how to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus with specific messaging by age group.
A great resource for how to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus outbreak.
Kentucky Department of Health
Facts, alerts and updates from Kentucky’s leading medical professionals.
New York Hall of Science
Quick and neat facts about COVID-19, how it spreads and how we can safeguard ourselves.
Ohio Department of Health
Facts, alerts and updates from Ohio’s leading medical professionals.
An interactive resource to teach kids about the Coronavirus, the importance of handwashing and more.
World Health Organization
The world’s leading health organization provides facts, maps and more about the Coronavirus.