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CDC Coronavirus Information

February 5, 2020

From the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website

From the CDC website

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Doctors first identified the virus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. CDC is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other government agencies as well as state and local officials to respond to this emerging public health threat.

WHO recently declared a public health emergency of international concern. Cases have been identified in international locations including the United States (U.S.). The immediate risk to the U.S. is currently low.

The CDC has an aggressive response to identify potential cases and has activated its emergency operations center.

CDC GUIDANCE

– Get vaccinated.
– Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
– Take flu antivirals if prescribed.

PRACTICAL PRECAUTIONS

– Do not travel while sick.
– Seek medical care right away if you have flu-like symptoms. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
– Wear a mask when entering a medical facility.
– Cover mouth and nose with tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
– Wash hands often with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
– Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

DOING YOUR PART

Everyone:
– It’s currently flu season. CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

Health care professionals:
– Maintain awareness of people with travel history to China as well as fever and respiratory symptoms.
– When caring for a 2109-nCoV patient, follow recommended infection control procedures.

People who may have 2019-nCoV infection:
– Follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.

Travelers:
– Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices.

Learn more about CDC’s response.

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