Coronavirus FAQs

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new strain of respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Here's what you should know.
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1. Has anyone in the United States gotten infected with the coronavirus?
Don't Know
The first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020
2. Am I at risk of getting the virus from a package or products shipping from China?
Don't Know
There is still a lot that is unknown about this virus and how it spreads.
3. Is it safe to travel to China or other countries where 2019-nCoV cases have occurred?
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The situation is evolving. Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak.
4. What about animals or animal products imported from China? Are they safe?
Don't know
CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading 2019-nCoV in the United States.
5. Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick?
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Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people.
6. Is a fever a good indicator that I have the virus?
Yes (kind of)
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Fever may not be present in some patients, such as those who are very young, elderly, immunosuppressed, or taking certain fever-lowering medications.
7. What can I do to stay safe?
Avoid close contact with sick people
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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Stay home if you are sick
Do not travel to China
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
8. What are the symptoms?
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Shortness of breath
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
9. How long does it take for symptoms to appear?
Between 2 weeks to a month
A month or more
Between 2-14 days
10. What is the China Travel Notice Level?
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China (this does not include the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, or the island of Taiwan).
11. Who is most at risk of severe disease?
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
12. As of February 5, 2020 how many countries have confirmed cases of the virus?
Just China
52 countries
18 countries
24 countries
The virus has spread to at least 24 countries, infecting more than 24,000 people and killing at least 490.
13. Is this a global health emergency?
The W.H.O. declared a global public health emergency, and made plans to dispatch experts to China to help with the investigation and containment.
14. Where did the outbreak begin?
At a hospital in Wuhan, China
On a cruise ship in Wuhan, China
At a seafood and meat market in Wuhan, China
15. As of February 4, 2020 about how many people have been infected worldwide?
The pathogen has infected an estimated 20,500 individuals worldwide and claimed 427 lives.
16. Is this the perfect time to panic and get extra xenophobic?
No matter the crisis, the worst thing we can do as human beings is to turn on one another. Get RELIABLE information regarding how to stay safe and share what you know with others.
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