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SARS-CoV-2 is the infective agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in humans December 2019 with possible zoonotic origins.

Coronaviruses cause respiratory disease in humans that range from mild symptoms of the common cold to severe pneumonia and death, in the case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Similarly, COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms and severity, with millions of cases and deaths having been reported globally since the declaration of the pandemic on 12 March 2020.

For more information and current advice on COVID-19 in Queensland, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government

Variants of Concern

SARS-CoV-2 has evolved over time and emerging variants may have differing symptoms, severity and transmission characteristics. Public health laboratories continue to monitor variants and their characteristics as they emerge.

More information and current advice on COVID-19 in Queensland visit Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Enhanced surveillance for public health units

  • Case report form – used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.

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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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