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Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 Outbreak

The novel coronavirus now known as COVID-19 was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of COVID-19 infections in China, including several that resulted in death. Several additional countries have identified cases of COVID-19 infection including the United States.

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Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in San Antonio : 1

 On February 13, 2020, the CDC, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District confirmed a case of the COVID-19 virus (2019-nCoV, previously known as novel coronavirus) in Bexar County. The patient who was under a federal quarantine order at Lackland Air Force Base recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. The current count of cases of infection with COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

How do people become infected with COVID-19?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

What are the symptoms?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

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