What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (or more commonly known as Coronavirus) is a virus that has been identified as the cause of a respiratory illness outbreak. There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus infection. The best ways to protect yourself from the disease is to practice preventative actions, such as:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Staying informed on the facts of Coronavirus (See below resources).

Symptoms can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus should contact their healthcare provider immediately. If you have the above symptoms, a simple surgical mask can help prevent of transmission of flu and other viruses to others.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has stated that masks are not needed to prevent person-to-person transmission, as there is little risk of getting this illness. If you have mild symptoms such as cough, runny nose, or sore throat, you do not need to go to a hospital emergency department. Please do not go to an emergency department unless your symptoms are more severe, for example, if you are experiencing a difficult time breathing.

Federal, state, and local health authorities are closely monitoring the situation and how this virus spreads. If you need more information on or updates please visit the websites below:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Travel Advisory Information


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