General information about the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-COV-2.

General information

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. The WHO first learned of the existence of this new virus on December 31, 2019, when it was informed of a group of cases of "viral pneumonia" that had been declared in Wuhan (People's Republic of China).

The virus is transmitted mainly by CLOSE CONTACT with other people:

  • Being within 2 meters of each other, for 15 minutes or more, with a person infected with COVID-19.
  • Being in the care of a person infected with COVID-19.
  • Having physical contact with the person (hugging or kissing them).
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils.

Among the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other less frequent symptoms that affect some patients are aches and pains, nasal congestion, diarrhea, headache, nausea or vomiting, loss of smell or taste.

Although most people with COVID-19 have mild and moderate symptoms, the disease can lead to serious medical complications and, in some people, cause death.

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Most common symptoms

Severe symptoms

IMPORTANT: If you have severe symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. If you have questions, contact your doctor or, in effect, you can call the coronavirus hotline (dial 1322) for more information or questions about Covid-19.


Other less common symptoms

Prevention & Recommendations

Hand washing

Wash your hands frequently. Remember to wash your hands for at least 30 seconds using soap, rubbing your hands.


Basic indications for the use of the mask

Sources: Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, WHO

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