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By Allan J. Bassler

What I Understand So Far

Series: Coronavirus | Story 133

April 16, 2020

Here’s what I understand so far about the coronavirus and COVID-19:

COVID-19 lasts longer than seasonal flu

If you are affected by the virus and acquire COVID-19, the duration of your illness is generally longer than that of the seasonal flu.

My understanding is that it lasts about two weeks, compared to three to five days for the normal flu.

Note that the virus that we are all concerned about right now is called novel coronavirus, with “Novel” meaning “new.” The disease that the coronavirus causes is called COVID-19, which is an abbreviation of COrona VIrus Disease, with the...

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