What is the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV)?
The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus that began in Wuhan, China. This coronavirus causes respiratory illness in humans and can spread from person-to-person.
What are symptoms of the coronavirus?
The symptoms include minor to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
More developed cases of the virus have left patients with pneumonia in both lungs, and in severe cases, caused death. The global toll has now surpassed 600 deaths, but it is speculated that this number is severely underreported.
The most vulnerable people are children and the elderly, but everyone is at risk of illness.
How does the virus spread?
The virus originated from an animal source in a wet market in Wuhan, but it has now begun to spread between humans. It is still unclear how easily or sustainably this virus spreads. You can learn what is currently known about the virus here.
Has the virus spread to the U.S.?
There have been 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in individuals in the United States; there are currently 76 others being investigated to determine if they have the illness. However, the virus is not spreading through communities in the U.S. To find recent statistics, please review the CDC’s website.
Is there a vaccine or a treatment?
There are currently no vaccines or treatments for this coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is avoid being exposed to the virus. Remember to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces.