2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first
identified in Wuhan, Hebei Province, China. As this is not bacterial, antibiotics are not an effective treatment against this virus. Here’s what you need to know
HOW DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD?
This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person to person, mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads.
HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCov infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to maintain hygiene standards.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS 2019-NCOV?
Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person. Watch for these signs and symptoms:
• Fever. Take your temperature twice a day.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Other early symptoms to watch for are chills,
body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/ vomiting, and runny nose.
IF YOU DEVELOP FEVER OR ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER RIGHT AWAY.
Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your close contact with someone who is confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.
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