The current outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in China but has now spread internationally, impacting an increasing number of countries, including the United States.
“Coronaviruses” are a common family of viruses (the common cold is among them). This particular strain is called COVID-19 and can be spread from person to person via respiratory droplets, similar to how the flu is spread. It can also be spread by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public