What is a novel coronavirus?

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 cause mild illness, like the common cold.

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1. What is a novel coronavirus?
2. What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
3. How can I prevent COVID-19?
4. What treatments are available for COVID-19?
5. Can disinfectant spray or wipes be used on my skin to prevent spread of COVID-19?
6. Is the Fire Department offering any screenings for COVID-19?
7. How is the Fire Department handling their operations and service?
8. If I have an emergency what should I expect from the Fire Department?
9. What is the non-test-based strategy for releasing cases and contacts from home isolation and quarantine?