Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that have been in our environment for a very long time; some versions of this virus cause illnesses in people that range from mild to severe to potentially fatal. You are probably familiar with these viruses because human coronaviruses cause routine seasonal respiratory virus infections, including the common cold and bronchitis.
Massachusetts & National Statistics on COVID-19
A new variation of this virus, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that was first identified in late December and has since spread to many countries around the globe, including the US. This virus variation has resulted in tens of thousands of confirmed human infections. The CDC has reported that, as of March 4, 2021, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories have reported a total of 28,580,198 cases of COVID-19 and 1,947 new deaths for a total of 517,224 attributed to the virus. The Massachusetts DPH has, as of March 4, 2021, reported 554,630 COVID-19 cases statewide and 15,967 COVID-19 deaths.