The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.
While this is a worrisome public health situation, CDC believes that the immediate health risk from coronavirus to the general American public is low.
The Utah Department of Health encourages these prevention efforts: If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:
- Seek medical care immediately. Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room and tell them about our recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Avoid 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. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
The Utah Department of Health will actively track cases as they occur in Utah and will reach out to the Bear River Health Department, other local health departments, and clinicians for assistance to determine the scope of the outbreak and to provide technical assistance as necessary.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat.
- It’s currently flu season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine.
- Take everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs: cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap, stay home if you are sick.
At this time, the CDC recommends travelers avoid non-essential travel to China.
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