Coronaviruses form large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold. A new virus caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now spreading internationally. Coronaviruses are commonly spread from an infected person to others through: 1) Coughing and sneezing (within 6 feet); 2) Close personal contact, like toughing or shaking hands; 3) Touching an exposed object that has been infected, then toughing your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; 4) Rarely, fecal contamination.
Symptoms include: 1) Cough; 2) Fever; 3) Shortness of breath
Some basic procedures to help stop the spread of the virus include:
1) Remain calm and don’t panic.
2) Increase hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer. Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3) Keep distance from others (6 feet or more).
4) Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces.
5) Stay home when sick and away from others. If serious, call your healthcare provider before going to the emergency department or their office/clinic.
6) Avoid contact with people who are sick.
7) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a disposable tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow versus your hand.
Get more information at https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus, which the Health Department regularly updates The page includes frequently asked questions. Sign up for public health updates at https://www.tpchd.org/i-want-to/about-the-health-department/sign-up-for-notifications.