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.
If you think you have COVID-19 or are concerned you might get it, quarantine is one of the best ways to stop the spread.
Strains of Coronavirus
Find out if there is more than one coronavirus strain (including the “S” and “L” types) and what that means for people’s health.
How to Prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus spreads easily from person to person. Find out how you can keep yourself and others safe from infection.
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.
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 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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Most Common Symptoms (Video)
What are the most common coronavirus signs to look out for and how long do these symptoms typically last?
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: What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that was first found in humans in 2019.
Slideshows & Images
A Doctor's Tips for Spotting Fake COVID-19 News
As we all try to stay safe from COVID-19, arming yourself with accurate news information has never been more important – but it’s not ...
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.