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What is this Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The virus spreading from Wuhan, China currently is known as a “novel coronavirus” meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Because of the similarity to flu symptoms, the CDC is recommending that people who have recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has recently traveled outside of the U.S. and starts experiencing these symptoms to contact a health professional for guidance.

What does CDC recommend people do to prevent spreading the virus?

The CDC recommends taking steps you would typically take to prevent illness. Wash your hands regularly, avoid contact with people who have recently traveled outside of the country, and stay home if you have any symptoms that resemble the common cold or flu.

How Can People Protect Themselves:

Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.