Last updated: April 23, 2024

SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It spreads from person to person.

COVID-19 can be mild or severe, and it can affect anyone. However, older people with other health conditions seem to be at higher risk for severe illness and death.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can help prevent serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.