How to deal with COVID-19 when you are over 65
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What does COVID-19 mean?

The Coronavirus story

Coronavirus disease

Coronavirus is a group of viruses that are common in animals and humans.  Viruses are single cell living organisms that need other host cells to multiply and that cause disease when they do. They are smaller than bacteria which can typically live outside a host and bacteria are not necessarily bad for us humans.  COVID-19 stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019.  It was first seen in a patient with pneumonia in China in November 2019 and was reported to WHO in December.  The official scientific name for the virus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV2.

Similar viruses

Two previous coronavirus spillovers from animals to humans have occurred in recent years. The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus caused the SARS 2003 epidemic in China.  The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus led to the MERS 2012 epidemic in Saudi Arabia. Both had similar symptoms to COVID-19. Much of the current advice and guidance comes from what was learned during those two previous epidemics.