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CDC considers Coronavirus low risk to American public

WOOSTER  The Ohio Department of Health has been closely monitoring developments related to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that started in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in
December, according to a news release. Chinese authorities are reporting an ongoing spread of the virus in the community and so far more than 830 individuals are ill and 25 people have died. At this time, the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) considers the 2019-nCoV a low risk to the American public.
What can you do to limit risk?
If you suspect you may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV because you have traveled to China or have been around people who may have been exposed and/or are exhibiting symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and let them know you may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV before visiting the healthcare facility. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take precautionary steps to keep other people from being exposed.
Just as with influenza and other illnesses, it’s critical to protect yourself. Experts at the Ohio Department of Health recommend these tips:
* Practice good hand hygiene.
* Follow appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette.
* Don’t go to work or school when you feel ill. Stay home and rest.
* Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
For additional information or questions regarding novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), contact the Wayne County Health Department’s Nursing Unit at: 330-264-9590.

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