We often talk about “corona”, but officially the disease is called COVID-19. The disease is caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome -CoV coronavirus -2). The complaints can resemble a cold. The disease can cause severe pneumonia, which can sometimes kill people.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The disease can cause respiratory complaints and fever and in severe cases breathing problems. The virus is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is released into the air via droplets. If other people inhale these droplets, or get them into their mouth, nose or eyes, for example, they can become infected with the virus.

The symptoms of COVID-19

The main complaints that often occur with COVID-19 are:

Cold complaints (such as cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
Increase or fever
Sudden loss of smell and / or taste (without nasal congestion)

Incubation time

The period between the moment you become infected and the moment you get complaints is called the incubation period. If you become infected with the corona virus, it usually takes 5 to 6 days before you get complaints. The incubation period for the coronavirus is between 2 and 14 days. The source and contact research shows that in 99% of the contacts who receive complaints, this happens within 10 days of the last contact. This is the reason that as of August 19 the quarantine time has been reduced to 10 days.