2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Corona viruses shown under a microscope, stained purple circles with yellow outlineThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to closely monitor an outbreak respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) found in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

"The novel coronavirus is a serious public health concern, however, the risk to the general public in California remains low", said Dr. Sonia Angell, California Public Health Department Director and State Health Officer, in a Feb. 3, 2020 press release.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms include fever, coughing or difficulty breathing.  People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Call your doctor if you traveled to Mainland China and develop a fever or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.  If you go to a medical facility, ask for a mask and immediately put it on. 

What you can do 

Practice good hygiene commonly used to help avoid flu:  Close up of sudsy hands being washed in a white sink

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (Use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available) 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often, like toys and doorknobs

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