Updates:

  • 02/03/2020: If you have been exposed to coronavirus, the CDC is recommending that you be isolated. For those that do not require hospitalization, follow the CDC’s home care guide and guidance for home isolation.
  • 02/03/2020: You can be tested with a CDC lab test, however, it is vital that you contact your healthcare provider.  They can help you get access to care specific to your case.  At this time, the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is helping to diagnose and manage novel coronavirus 2019 cases.
  • 02/11/2020: The World Health Organization (WHO) has named this disease the “coronavirus disease 2019” or COVID-19.
  • 02/17/2020: According to the CDC, there are 15 positive coronavirus cases in the United States, 392 negatives, and 60 that are still pending in California, Arizona, Washington, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

 

Firstly, if you think you or someone in your family has coronavirus, stay calm.  Call your healthcare provider and get evaluated. 

Coronavirus is a common virus that causes a group of respiratory illnesses that spread either from animals to humans or from humans to humans.  It can cause minor symptoms similar to that of the common cold.  However, it can also cause more severe infections, like pneumonia, bronchitis, SARS, or MERS.  Coronavirus is most dangerous in those with weakened immunity, as with the very old, the very young, or those who already have existing medical problems. 

There is no current evidence that suggests that this new strain is more virulent than the flu.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The new strain, currently being referred to as novel coronavirus 2019, is believed to have originated in a market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, where there are many interactions between live animals and humans.  Scientists have not yet seen this particular strain, and researchers are still working to discover exactly how this virus spreads. 

As of the date this page is posted, there are at least five cases of coronavirus in the United States, including two in California.  The two California cases are in LA and Orange counties and are likely due to contact at an airport or from travel abroad. If you live in Orange County, you can visit the Orange County Health Agency website for more information.  

Due to the increased risk of spreading at airports, certain airports will be screening people traveling from Wuhan, including LAX and SFO, for any respiratory symptoms or fevers.  However, those recently exposed to coronavirus may not yet be exhibiting symptoms.  Please practice good hygiene and protect yourself from viruses.  

How is coronavirus spread? 

  • Coughing/sneezing
  • Touching an infected item, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes 
  • Close contact with an infected person (e.g. shaking hands, kissing, hugging) 
  • Contact with infected feces

Prevention

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch your face, particularly your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with infected people.  
  • Boost your immunity.
  • If you are sick, stay home, protect others, cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, wash your hands frequently, and clean surfaces after you’ve come in contact with them. 

Diagnosis 

A simple lab test can help to diagnose or rule out the 2019 novel coronavirus.  If you are having symptoms and have recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or had contact with someone who has, please make an appointment to see your provider.  

Treatment

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus.  Researchers are likely already working on a vaccine, though it may not be ready for some years.  There is no current treatment for coronavirus.

Home Remedies  

For information on disease outbreak news and the novel coronavirus 2019, please visit the CDC  and the WHO websites.  For questions or comments on the coronavirus, please respond to this page or contact us