As you have likely heard on the news, a Novel (new) coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses cause respiratory illnesses, ranging from the common cold to pneumonia.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to believe the risk of this Novel coronavirus to the American public remains low at this time; however, in order to protect you and others, we would like to share the following general information and tips for travelers.
The virus can spread from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
To reduce your risk of any infection, we recommend the same precautions as those for avoiding the common cold and flu:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you recently traveled to China and have a fever and cough or shortness of breath:
• Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
• Tell your health care provider and their staff immediately if you have returned from visiting China in the past 2 weeks.
• After you have been seen by a medical provider, stay home and avoid contact with others until you are well.
• Avoid travel on public transportation (such as bus, train, subway, metro, or airplane).
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
If you are planning any travel outside of the US, visit the CDC’s Travelers’ Health webpage for the latest travel and health notices.