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What You Need to Know about the Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

The news is full of stories about a fast-spreading disease from China called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Scientists around the globe are racing to learn more about the virus.

Concerned about what this means for your health and your family’s safety?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes the immediate risk to the American public is low right now, but they’re asking everyone to help reduce the risk of infections spreading.

How to protect yourself and your family

  • Check the CDC website for up-to-date information, especially if traveling.
    • The CDC is issuing new travel guidance regularly as developments occur.
    • Visit the CDC Travel page for all travel-related updates.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu. While the coronavirus is different from the flu virus, the flu is still a serious illness.
  • Practice good health habits.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing isn’t an option.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you’re sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
    • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as phones, keyboards and doorknobs.
    • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink a lot of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Other Resources

Sources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (January 28, 2020): cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary (February 27, 2020): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

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