Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 was first detected in China and is now present in over 100 international locations, including the United States. The World Health Organization, US Department of Health and Human Services, and more than 30 states have declared a public health emergency in response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 is spread when people are in close contact with each other. Due to the risk of transmission, lawmakers all across the globe have closed or cancelled events or locations where large groups congregate. The governor of New York ended all gatherings of more than 500 people, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have closed, and the NBA, MLS, NHL, and MLB have all suspended or delayed their seasons.