According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV/COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”
“When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.”
Fever and lower respiratory tract issues such as cough and shortness of breath.
There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19.
If you are traveling internationally, please review your plans in advance of your trip. Conditions are being updated daily and travel alerts are subject to change. See the Resources section below for links.
Practice Good Hygiene
Given that we are currently in the midst of flu season, we recommend following the same general practices of good hygiene to prevent coronavirus as well as flu, colds and other illnesses:
Please contact your medical provider with any questions.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, and CCBH Health Commissioner Terry Allan discuss the state’s response plan for COVID-19 on February 27, 2020.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ohio Department of Health
World Health Organization