Background on the Coronavirus:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness first reported in China in December 2019 that has since been detected and documented as spreading from person to person in a number of other locations around the world. Initially many cases of the associated COVID-19 illness were associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but cases were documented in more than 60 countries by the end of February, with many locations reporting sustained and widespread community transmission. Sustained community transmission means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and the spread is ongoing. Widespread community transmission is similar to sustained transmission but has impacted most of the region or country.