You can play your part in public health efforts to limit the reach of the virus by taking every day preventative actions that help stop the spread of germs:
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus identified as a result of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, it is unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people. How is it transmitted?
• Much is unknown about how COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
• Most often, viruses spread from person-to-person among close contacts (about 6 feet).
• Person-to-person spread happens via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, very similar to how other respiratory pathogens spread. It is unclear whether or not a person can receive the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, hand, or nose.
Signs and symptoms
• For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to being severely ill and dying.
• Patients with Novel Coronavirus have reportedly mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: – Fever, Cough, & Shortness of Breath.
• At this time, CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Diagnosis
• CDC has developed a laboratory test kit to test patient specimens for COVID-19 called the, Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel. This test is intended for use with upper and lower respiratory specimens collected from persons who meet the CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing.
• Currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19 and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
For More Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html