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News of the new coronavirus (called 2019 Novel Coronavirus) has prompted concern about risk of transmission in the United States. Although influenza viruses and coronaviruses have similar symptoms, the risk of catching the flu in the United States remains far greater. Here’s what you need to know about the flu vs. coronaviruses.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. Older people, young children and people with certain chronic conditions (asthma, heart disease, diabetes, among others) are at increased risk for serious complications, including pneumonia. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year.
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. The most recent coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China and is associated with mild-to-severe respiratory illness with fever and cough. At this time, the threat of contracting the virus in the United States is rated at low.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. More is being learned about this new virus every day and updates are available on the CDC website.
What are the symptoms of this coronavirus infection?
Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild-to-moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Zoonotic coronaviruses, originally from bats (e.g., MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV), can cause more severe symptoms and often progress to pneumonia.
What is the risk of this coronavirus infection spreading in the United States?
Yale New Haven Health is monitoring the progression of the virus to keep our patients and staff safe. At this time, the risk of becoming infected with this new coronavirus in the United States is low.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask;
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19;
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workersand people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility);
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty;
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food;
- Avoid nonessential travel.CDC recommends to avoid all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan).
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home;
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins;
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records;
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home;
- If a quarantine would be called for, please consider having a 2 week supply of general necessities (food, water, medications, etc.) on hand.
GET PROPER DISINFECTANTS:
Coronavirus spreads through direct contact, including person to person and person to surface to person, the CDC says. By using disinfectants on surfaces, the spread of the virus may be slowed. A disinfectant must be EPA-approved as a hospital/healthcare or broad spectrum disinfectant The Center for Biocide Chemistries has created a list of more than 100 ready-to-use, dilutable and wipeable biocidal products that the EPA has approved as effective at killing viruses like the coronavirus.
If you have questions about coronavirus, talk with your doctor. More information on coronavirus is available from the CDC: www.cdc.gov
Source: World Health Organization
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