What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Jan 31 2020

The new coronavirus has now reached the United States. While officials are still learning about this new strain of the virus, check out this basic information and tips to help protect you and your family.

What is coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus. Past coronavirus outbreaks include the MERS outbreak in 2015 as well as the SARS outbreak in 2002.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that come from different types of animals. Sometimes, these animal coronaviruses can infect people and from there can spread person-to-person.

In the case of COVID-19, many initial patients had visited an animal market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Eventually, the number of those infected who had been to the market lessened. This indicates a person-to-person spreading of the virus.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

According to the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in two to 14 days after exposure. This is currently based on what we know about the incubation period of MERS viruses.

The symptoms are like those of a common cold or the flu. They include:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the MERS and SARS outbreaks spread, it is currently thought the coronavirus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. However, this is still being confirmed.

Prevention tips

There is currently no vaccine available to help prevent the coronavirus. However, there are ways you can help prevent the spreading of these germs on your own.

Practicing good hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, do this often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are feeling under the weather.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces on a regular basis.

Staying informed

Monitoring the coronavirus in an important prevention action step you can take. As the CDC learns more about the new coronavirus, stay up to date on new information about the virus. Visit their website to stay informed.

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Cherie Terney

So far, no known cases in the upstate, March 10 we have routine (diabetes/general health)doctor's appointments scheduled. In addition bloodwork to be drawn this coming week. Mother is 91 years old and healthy. If this continues to spread in communities and no testing really being done, wondering if we should reschedule these appointments. Or phone conference etc. Healthy with no current issues ( and we have flu shots) in our household. I don't really like bringing mom to places where flu and worse is present at any time of year. Will they be keeping these appointments, will it be safe to keep our appointments?
February 29th, 2020 | 4:56pm

Donald I. Whitehurst

Dose Maryview hospital have the test kits needed for checking caronavirus and if not were do we go if we think we mite have this virus to be tested
March 06th, 2020 | 9:10am

Bon Secours

Our clinical leaders have implemented protocols that are consistent with CDC guidelines, and we’re closely monitoring the situation across our ministry. Find more info here:
March 06th, 2020 | 1:37pm

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