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A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The disease caused by this virus is COVID-19. Since the public health emergency was first declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2020, we have learned much about this particular virus and how other countries around the globe have managed the situation. The primary symptoms of this disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most healthy people who have been infected have experienced mild, flu-like symptoms, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, an immune deficiency, or cancer) are at much higher risk of developing more serious and, in some cases fatal, illnesses. Since this is a new virus, there is currently no vaccine and none of us have any pre-existing immunity.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established guidelines and recommendations for the management of this coronavirus outbreak. All of us need to practice good hygiene, including careful handwashing with soap and hot water (or hand sanitizer), not touching our faces, coughing into a tissue or a sleeve, disinfecting all common areas, and staying home when we are sick. To keep others in our community healthy, we should avoid large crowds, limit nonessential travel, and practice social distancing. We should also have a plan and necessary supplies if we get sick or come into contact with someone who is sick and need to self-quarantine. According to the CDC, the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus for most Americans is still low.
For more information, visit the CDC web site at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html