What is the source of the coronavirus disease 2019?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

Information obtained from the CDC.

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1. How does COVID-19 spread?
2. What is community spread?
3. Can someone spread COVID-19 without being sick?
4. What can I do to protect myself and family from COVID-19?
5. What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
6. What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do?
7. Can the virus that caused COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated of frozen food?
8. Am I at risk for COVID-19 from package or products shipped from China?
9. What is the source of the coronavirus disease 2019?
10. Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?