Is COVID-19 caused by a virus or by bacteria?

Is COVID-19 caused by a virus or by bacteria?

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Answer 1
November, 2020

FACT: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, NOT by bacteria.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider.

There is currently no licensed medication to cure COVID-19. If you have symptoms, call your health care provider or COVID-19 hotline for assistance.

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