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Confused about coronavirus?

Here's an update from Northern Westchester Hopsital

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that was identified in Wuhan City, China, and is now being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (
CDC). It has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), as the outbreak continues to spread in China, and additional cases have been identified around the world, including the United States.

According to Dr. Debra Spicehandler, co-chief of Infectious Diseases at Northern Westchester Hospital, here’s what’s known so far:

Am I at risk? 
The immediate health risk for the general American public is considered low, according to the CDC. Imported cases of coronavirus have been detected in the U.S., but the virus is not currently spreading through communities in the United States.

Is it still save to travel? 
Yes, travel is safe, but nonessential travel to China is not advised at this time.

What are symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms begin like the flu and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Medical researchers estimate that the incubation period varies from two to approximately 14 days. The virus spreads how most viruses spread, through cough-generated droplets.

Should I wear a mask? 
Only people in areas at risk should wear masks.

Is there anything I can do? 
The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is simple hand washing with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Other suggestions include: 

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when you are sick
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces