How to keep yourself & your family safe

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that can spread from person-to-person. It started in China, and is very rare in the United States: only 11 Coronavirus cases have been found here so far. It can be fatal, but only about 2% of people infected around the world have died. While there still is no vaccine, there are ways to protect yourself and your family.

  • Avoid potential exposure  The main symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, cough and/or breathing difficulties. Having these symptoms, does not mean you have Coronavirus. But to be safe, stay at least three feet away from anyone who seems sick. 
  • Practice good hygiene  Wash your hands frequently either with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as these are the areas where viruses are most likely to enter your body. 
  • Don’t spread germs  Coughing and sneezing can spread the virus. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands: instead, use your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the used tissue away immediately and wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • If you are coughing, sneezing and/or feverish  Don’t go to work or school if you feel sick. Visit the doctor to find out what is causing these symptoms and get medicine if you need it. If you or someone you know has recently been in China, tell your doctor.

Learn more – Read the Coronavirus FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control.

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A Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) will give you medical advice when you think you need urgent medical attention, but you are not sure. A nurse will ask about your symptoms and tell you:

  • If you need to go to Urgent Care
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  • How to take care of your symptoms at home

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