Have you ever wondered what the coronavirus looks like? This 3D printed model shows the COVID-19 virus in high resolution, produced in vivid sandstone-based resin to 72mm (about the size of a baseball).
What You Should Know About Coronavirus
- Older people and people with chronic diseases are at the highest risk of contracting and experiencing complications from coronavirus.
- The CDC has outlined steps to help prevent the spread and impact of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
- What to do when you feel sick is an important part of helping stop the spread and impact of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
- The symptoms of coronavirus may start within 2 day, and up to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of coronavirus are fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should follow CDC guidelines. Click here to visit the CDC website for more information.
What is a "Novel coronavirus"?
According to the CDC, 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.
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.
How Does the Virus Spread?
According to the CDC, this virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.