A novel virus is a new virus that has not been previously identified. COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans that we are aware of already that cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.