What is a novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html)

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

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1. What is a novel coronavirus?
2. Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?
3. What is the name of the virus causing the outbreak of coronavirus disease?
4. Is SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) the same as the MERS-CoV or SARS-CoV?
5. What is the source of the virus?
6. Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
7. Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
8. Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
9. Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
10. What is community spread?
11. Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?
12. Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?
13. How can I help protect myself?
14. Does CDC recommend the use of facemask to prevent COVID-19?
15. What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
16. Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?
17. What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
18. Should I be tested for COVID-19?
19. How do you test a person for COVID-19?
20. Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?