As news about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to evolve, it’s worth reminding our members and their families that the best way to stay healthy is to follow the advice given every flu season.
What can you do?
Take precautions as you would with the normal seasonal flu. There is no vaccine for the novel Coronavirus at this time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to help reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others:
- Stay home while you are sick
- Avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
Although the CDC considers this Coronavirus a serious public-health concern, the agency has said that the immediate risk to the American public is low at this time and that “a graver health risk for Americans — not just right now, but every year — is the flu.”
What is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory diseases. A novel Coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of Coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Common symptoms of Coronaviruses include runny nose, cough and fever. Some patients develop pneumonia.
Why should you care?
In a world that is globally connected, viral outbreaks in one country can impact others. Thousands of cases have been reported worldwide, including in the United States, but the vast majority of them are inside China.