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 January 15, 2021, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories have reported a total of 23,193,703 cases of COVID-19 and 387,255 deaths have been attributed to the virus. The Massachusetts DPH has, as of January 14, 2021, reported 433,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide and 13,156 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.