In recent developments, the CDC has issued travel and health notices for countries that have confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.
The World Health Organization says the outbreak has reached the “highest level” of risk. However, now is not the time to panic, but to prepare.
Because there are no current vaccines against COVID-19, the best defense in preventing the infection is to avoid exposure. Review the CDC’s travel guidelines and take the necessary precautions to prevent COVID-19 as you would other viruses.
The CDC urges everyone to:
- 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.
Read more on how the CDC suggests you prepare and take action for COVID-19 here.
Symptoms of COVID-19 could appear in as little as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
Those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above should seek medical help immediately.
Contact a healthcare professional if you have recently traveled to the international areas listed below:
- China (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Iran (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Italy (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Japan (Level 2 Travel Health Notice)
- South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
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