Coronavirus: what you need to know

By now you have heard about the new corona virus, the respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, China. Understandably, there is some anxiety about this virus. Here is what you need to know:

  • If you have not traveled to an area where the virus has been detected or had close contact with a person infected with this type of coronavirus, the risk of infection is extremely low.
  • Symptoms include fever AND cough or shortness of breath, occurring 2-14 days after exposure.
  • Because corona virus symptoms are similar to Influenza (flu) symptoms, this is another important reason to get your flu shot if you have not done so already.
  • Prevention includes good hand washing, avoiding people who are sick, staying home when sick, regular disinfection of objects, and covering your cough or sneeze.

Learn more about this new corona virus from the California Department of Public Health:

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