COVID-19, also called coronavirus, is a world-wide pandemic that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Primary symptoms include severe acute respiratory distress (including shortness of breath or breathing difficulties), fever, cough, fatigue and loss of smell.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
The pandemic has caused major social and economic disruption due to social distancing restrictions. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns, workplace hazard controls and educational and business closures to slow the spread of the disease.
The pandemic has resulted in extreme unemployment as businesses were forced to close, and the majority of workers who still have jobs are working remotely for the foreseeable future.