COVID-19 FAQs

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold.
  • You can learn more about COVID-19 at the CDC website.


  • Yes. Monitoring and testing are ongoing across the United States. 
  • A nationwide case count table is available on the CDC website
  • A statewide case count table, including confirmed cases in Maricopa County, is available on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation.
    • Please visit Maricopa.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date and accurate information about what is going on in Maricopa County.
    • Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information nationally.


COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.



  • COVID-19 spreads similar to flu; therefore, if you are in close contact to someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 for an extended period of time, you are at an increased risk of getting sick. 
  • For example, closer than 6 feet to a sick individual for more than 10 minutes. 


Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.



Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms; however, similar to flu, individuals who have the highest risk for severe illness are adults over 65 and those with chronic conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes.



There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 will receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.


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