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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Coronavirus: What You Should Know

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You may have heard of the novel coronavirus, as an outbreak in Wuhan City, China has spread inside and outside of China, including several confirmed cases in the U.S. There is still much that we need to learn about this particular coronavirus, and the situation will continue to evolve. We have been receiving regular updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), and will continue to share as much information as we have. We encourage you to use trusted resources to learn the facts about the novel coronavirus. Please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the CDC for the latest information.

County Public Health states that there is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions from the general public are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness. The risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus in our area is still very low. Residents and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of flu season across the area.  Washing your hands with soap and water frequently is extremely important in preventing many viruses. Avoid touching your nose, face and mouth often. If you have a fever, cough, excessive secretions, and/or are feeling sick, stay home and seek medical care. There are many viruses that are already circulating this time of year.

Those who are at risk of contracting this virus are travelers who have visited Hubei Province, China, and surrounding areas recently, and people who have been in close contact with those travelers while they were showing symptoms. (Close contact includes touching, hugging, kissing, sharing cups or utensils, etc.) There are currently  federally-mandated restrictions on travelers who are entering the U.S. from the impacted areas in China. Learn more about those restrictions here. Symptoms of this novel coronavirus are very similar to the flu and other common respiratory illnesses that occur during cold and flu season. They include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and runny nose. 

If you traveled to or from Hubei Province, China, or surrounding areas since December and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left Wuhan, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

The CDC has specific guidance for travelers available online.

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