A coronavirus such as SARS or MERS is a virus that often causes symptoms similar to a cold. While some are serious, most are not. To prevent catching a coronavirus, take precautions such as washing your hands and staying away from others who are infected. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how coronaviruses spread, treatments that can help, and much more.
Chloroquine and Coronavirus
Can chloroquine treat coronavirus? There’s some very early science, but not a lot, to back the idea that this antimalarial drug might have promise against COVID-19. Learn more.
Can COVID-19 Survive on Surfaces?
Learn how long the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can live on your countertops, doorknobs, and other surfaces you regularly touch.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Overview
The coronavirus causing COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain called SARS-CoV-2. Most coronaviruses cause mild respiratory infections and flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
When to Call Your Vet for a Sick Pet
What happens if your pet gets sick or injured while social distancing rules are in place? You can delay some care and routine shots, but dogs and cats still need care for emergencies. Find out when to call your vet and how to keep your furry friends healthy while you both shelter at home.
Will Your Microwave Protect Your Food From Coronavirus?
We are looking at the different coronavirus-food rumors and letting you know the truth behind them. Should you microwave your food and exactly how long can the virus stay on surfaces? We look at these questions and more, helping you protect yourself from disease and untrue rumors.
Can I Go to the National Parks During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
It seems like a good idea to visit a National Park, National Historic Monument, or National Recreation Area. But is it safe to travel right now during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning a National Parks vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pepper and Soap Trick Teaches Kids to Wash Hands
A pre-K teacher in Miami found a unique way to help her students learn about the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Ok, You Shouldn’t Fly—But What About a Road Trip?
Can you get coronavirus on the road? Is it safe to take a road trip if I'm socially distancing? Can take a road trip and stay safe from the Coronavirus? Here’s everything you need to know about taking a road trip and avoiding COVID-19. Here, we'll tell you if it's safe take a road trip right now.
Video on How to Decontaminate When Coming Home
Take these precautions if you’ve spent time outside the home, potentially exposing yourself to COVID-19.
Video on Tips to Remain Socially Connected Through Quarantine
Here are a few ways to safely connect with others to curb loneliness.
COVID-19 Video on What Not to Do
Should you visit your doctor if you experience coronavirus symptoms? What about wearing masks? Here are a few constructive approaches to get through this pandemic.
Video on Tips to Stock Your Home for COVID-19 Quarantine
You want to limit how much you leave your home, but make sure you aren’t hoarding.
Slideshows & Images
Staying Social During Social Distancing
We know that social distancing is crucial right now, but as human beings, we need social connections. Dr. Hansa Bhargava explains how to stay connected -- safely ...
Should You Stop Trying to Conceive During COVID-19?
All our lives have been upended in the last month. Many of us have canceled trips, lost our jobs, and been forced to learned new "homeschooling techniques" – but what about the women who were hoping to get pregnant this year?
Five Questions I’m Being Asked As a Doctor Mom
As a doctor and a mom, I’m being asked a lot of questions. Here are my top 5.
Cats and Ferrets Can Be Infected with COVID-19
One study experimentally infected a wide range of domestic animals with coronavirus and found that cats and ferrets can be infected with the virus and pass it other animals, too.