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.
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.
For more information, and other facts from the CDC, click here.