Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update
What is the coronavirus?
The novel (new) coronavirus, named SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19), is a respiratory disease that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019 and has now been detected in multiple international locations, including the United States.
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How does the virus spread?
The CDC recommends everyday practices that help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including influenza. These include:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Disinfecting frequently touched objects
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Confirmed patients who have contracted COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
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Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the CDC does recommend that citizens receive an influenza shot to protect their health. The CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and is preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.
What kind of household cleaners can kill COVID-19?
For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available on the CDC’s website along with other ways to prepare your household in case of a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
This public health situation is ever evolving, so be sure to check back frequently. For more information from the CDC, click here.
Fact vs. Fiction
In an effort to prevent false information from being spread, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have created resources that cover popular myths and misinformation and provide facts. Here are some highlights.
Fact: Diseases can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
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