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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Friday, January 24, 2020 2:31 PM

If you have traveled to or from China within the last 14 days and have any of the following symptoms—fever, cough or difficulty breathing, then please go to the nearest Emergency Department instead of scheduling an appointment with your doctor. Upon entering the Emergency Department, we ask that you immediately put on a mask and notify our front desk staff of your travel history and symptoms.

The following information is sourced from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

What is Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

Effect in Our Communities

A travel-related case has been detected in Illinois. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, there are simple precautions that everyone should take, including getting a flu shot, avoiding contact with sick people, and practicing good hand hygiene.

Travel Advisory

Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. In addition, CDC recommends people traveling to China practice certain health precautions like avoiding contact with people who are sick and practicing good hand hygiene.

For new information, please visit CDC.gov.