Facts About the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019 and recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. As of March 17, more than 189,000 cases of the disease had been reported in more than 160 countries and territories, resulting in, so far, more than 7,500 deaths and about 80,000 recoveries. Regions affected by major outbreaks include mainland China, Europe, Iran, South Korea, and the U.S. On March 13, the WHO stated that Europe had become the new epicenter of the pandemic.

What is the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.

There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover. It’s not known exactly how coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

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 causes 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 to prevent and avoid the spread of the coronavirus?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

What to do if you exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

What is social distancing and how to practice it?

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should: stock up on supplies, but do not hoard; take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others; when you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick; limit close contact and wash your hands often; and avoid crowds, cruise travel, and non-essential travel. If there is an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible. Watch for symptoms and emergency signs. Watch for symptoms and emergency signs. If you get sick, stay home and call your doctor. More information about how to prepare, what to do if you get sick, and how communities and caregivers can support those at higher risk is available at People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19. 

What’s the latest about COVID-19 in New Mexico?

As of March 17, 1,270 total cases had been tested. Of those, 21 positive cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in New Mexico. These numbers are updated every day and the latest information can be found online at https://cv.nmhealth.org/.

As of March 17, no cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Doña Ana County.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 happened in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Department of Health would only verify that it occurred in Doña Ana County.

More information?

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