The novel coronavirus outbreak that got its apparent start at a seafood market in Wuhan, China, has now infected more than 2,397,216 people, killing at least 162,956, around the world, according to the World Health Organization.
The respiratory illness is especially hard on those who are elderly, immune-compromised or who have chronic health conditions. Children are not severely ill with COVID-19, as the resulting illness is called, unless they have an underlying condition. But it’s not yet clear to health officials whether that’s because they don’t get it or their immune systems manage it better. Either way, it’s believed that youngsters can transmit the illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of many government agencies providing extensive resources and advice on managing this coronavirus.