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What is a novel coronavirus? Novel (meaning “new”) coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019.
How does novel coronavirus spread? Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:
How severe is novel coronavirus? Health experts are still learning about the illness caused by the new virus. People infected have had illness that has ranged from mild (like a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires medical care in a hospital. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.
What are the symptoms? People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Who is at risk for novel coronavirus? Currently, there is a widespread outbreak in Wuhan, China. At this time, the risk in the U.S. to the general public is low. To limit the risk of spread, health oﬃcials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate anyone they think may have the virus. Travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at increased risk. See https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel guidance from the CDC.
How can I prevent getting novel coronavirus? If you are traveling overseas (to China, but also to other places) follow the CDC’s guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/ travel. Right now the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. Steps you can take to prevent spread of ﬂu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
How is novel coronavirus treated? There is no speciﬁc treatment for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of ﬂuids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some people develop pneumonia and need medical care or treatment in a hospital.
Source: NJ Department of Health