- The new coronavirus disease outbreak, initially identified in China, is continuing to grow more than 3 months after it was first detected in December.
- The disease is called COVID-19 and is caused by infection from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is one of multiple coronaviruses that can infect humans.
- Other examples include SARS, MERS, and even the common cold.
- Globally, more than 329,000 people have contracted the virus in 169 countries and regions.
- More than 14,000 deaths have occurred.
- U.S. cases have now topped 32,000 with 404 deaths. Cases have been found in all 50 states. Due to limited testing supplies, health experts believe the number of U.S. people with the disease is likely much higher.
Senator Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19
For the first time, a U.S. senator has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced via Twitter he had contracted the virus.