A GP guide to what we know about COVID-19

COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Here is a current summary of COVID-19, the understanding of which is rapidly changing

Need to know:

  • SARS-CoV-2 causes milder disease overall than SARS and MERS, leading to greater community transmission via mild or subclinical infection
  • Age, immunocompromise, hypertension and smoking are key risk factors for severe disease
  • The evidence is unclear whether infection and recovery results in durable immunity
  • Cough, sore throat and