Coronavirus Update

As of February 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis of 14 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the following six states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin. There are an additional 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, totaling 53 cases within the United States.

As of February 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis of 14 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the following six states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin. There are an additional 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, totaling 53 cases within the United States. 

The CDC is continuing to closely monitor this outbreak and will work quickly to provide state and local health departments, health care providers, and communities with new knowledge and guidance for action against this novel virus. 

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Symptoms

The CDC says those infected with the virus experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: 

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

CDC officials believe the symptoms can manifest in as few as two or as many as 14 days after exposure.

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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

Prevention

To protect against infection, the CDC recommends basic hygiene techniques to avoid respiratory viruses such as: 

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Staying hydrated
  • Avoiding contact with one’s face or anyone who is sick
  • Sanitizing surfaces
  • Coughing into one’s arm or a tissue

If there is a fear of animal transmission, CDC officials urge people to wash their hands after contact with animals and thoroughly cook any meat before consumption.

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What to Do if You are Sick

If you have traveled to or from China in the last 14 days and feel sick with a fever,  cough, or have difficulty breathing, or if you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms, the Iowa Department of Public Health is asking that you do the following:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick. Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash hands often.

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