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The new coronavirus packs a devastating punch. It penetrates deep into your lungs, causing our immune cells to go haywire and damage tiny air sacs the alveoli where oxygen normally flows into our blood.

More COVID-19 Reporting and resources from KQED Science: https://www.kqed.org/science/1963200/how-covid-19-attacks-your-lungs

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The coronavirus has had an enormous impact on our lives: how we work, communicate and congregate. At this point, were familiar with how to protect ourselves from the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19 by washing our hands thoroughly, wearing masks and social distancing.

Most people who get the virus are mildly sick and will recover at home. For others, the virus can be severe, even fatal.

One significant way the virus attacks is deep in our lungs.

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https://www.kqed.org/science/1963200/how-covid-19-attacks-your-lungs

--- What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?
The Center for Disease Control advises on its website that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Or at least two of these symptoms: fever; chills; Repeated shaking with chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.

--- How can I protect myself from the coronavirus?
The Center for Disease Control has a comprehensive list of guidelines at cdc.gov, but the main tips to remember are: wash your hands often; avoid close contact with other people; cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover (like a mask or bandanna) when around others; cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow; regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home.

--- If youve had the new coronavirus, are you now immune?
The Center for Disease Control states on its website: We do not know yet if having antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 can protect someone from getting infected with that virus again, or how long that protection might last. Scientists are doing studies to answer those questions.

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KQED
https://www.kqed.org/coronavirusliveupdates

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/

Center for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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