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.
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.
Strains of Coronavirus
Find out if there is more than one coronavirus variant and what that means for people’s health.
Telehealth (Telemedicine): How Does It Work?
Telemedicine uses technology to make health care something it’s rarely been: convenient. Learn more about telemedicine, including who uses it, how it works, and what you should do to get the most out of your experience.
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.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
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.
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.
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 How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask
How to make a no-sew face mask.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that was first found in humans in 2019.
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?
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Coronavirus in Context: Remaining Optimistic Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis
WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, and WebMD CEO Bob Brisco talk with the President and Chief Executive Offiver of Northwell Health, Michael J. Dowling.
When Sheltering in Place Isn't Safe: How to Know You're in an Abusive Relationship
While the current lockdown is intended to help people stay safe – it is unfortunately putting victims of domestic abuse in danger.
Coronavirus in Context: Maker of Diagnostic and Antibody Tests Explains How They Work
WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, talks with the Chief Medical Officer and President of Diagnostics at LabCorp, Brian Caveney, MD.
Tips for Better Sleep During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every aspect of life, so it’s no surprise people are complaining of disturbing dreams, not falling asleep, not staying asleep, and waking not feeling rested.