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We have had many questions regarding COVID-19 and thought this might be time to address some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that aren't listed below, please feel free to reach out to us at We will do our best to respond to your questions in a timely manner.

*** Reminder, S.C.A.R.F. does NOT provide medical advice regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. These FAQs are meant to provide an informational and educational resource. ***

What exactly is COVID-19? Is this really a new virus?

COVID-19 is a new virus that has not previously been identified. It was named because CO (corona), VI (virus), D (disease), and 19 (founded in 2019). It is believed to have originated from an animal source, though this has not been officially confirmed.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, it has also been known to have a GI component which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some patients are also reporting an altered sense of taste and smell.

How do I know if I'm a high-risk person in terms of catching this virus?

Those that are highest risk are the elderly, those with immunosuppression, or those with underlying medical conditions. These underlying conditions can include heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, blood disorders, neurologic disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and even pregnancy!

What precautions should I take to limit my chance of catching coronavirus?