Practical Law Glossary Item w-024-2987 (Approx. 6 pages)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is the respiratory disease that results from a highly contagious strain of coronavirus called "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" (SARS-CoV-2) and its variants (which include the Delta and Omicron variants). Also known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19:
Was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
Has since been detected in more than 190 countries internationally, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.