Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts and Resources

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. The virus is spread when an infected person releases droplets through their nose or mouth while breathing, speaking, coughing, or sneezing. These droplets can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouths.

COVID-19 often causes respiratory symptoms (breathing problems) and can feel like a cold, flu, or pneumonia. It can attack other parts of the body too, in addition to the lungs.

Some people will become infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms or mild symptoms. These people can still spread the infection to others. 

Older adults and people with certain medical issues are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. Some people, including those who have no symptoms or mild symptoms, may still develop “long COVID,” meaning they continue to experience health issues months after their infection.

Mount Sinai is making it easy and safe to get care. You can set up an in-person or video visit with your health care provider easily through MyMountSinai® (MyChart)

Masks are optional, but encouraged, in most areas of our hospitals and health care facilities. Please view our visitor policy for additional information about visiting our facilities.

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