Understanding Novel Coronavirus for our Community
February 07, 2020
It is likely that many in our community are aware of the growing news about the Novel Coronavirus that has originated in China. Huron Regional Medical Center is working hard to ensure that we are prepared, in the very unlikely event, that the virus appears in our community.
The risk of infection for Huron is very low, and only those who have been to a very specific location in China, the Hubei Province, in the prior 14 days, or have spent time with someone who has are at risk.
Symptoms include fever and dry cough, with shortness of breath. There is currently no vaccine for 2019-nCoV and no medications have been proven effective against the virus. However, the good news is that prevention is relatively simple, and in-line with traditional flu/cold prevention efforts.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, not just the flu or coronovirus.
These actions include:
- 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.
HRMC has implemented actions recommended by the CDC in preparation for the very unlikely event someone may present to the hospital with this virus. Staff, volunteers and providers remain vigilant and ready to help patients and visitors protect themselves from this virus and the many types of illness that are common this type of year by providing hand sanitizer, masks and tissues throughout the facility.
For more information on coronavirus and how to protect yourself, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. HRMC's online Health Library also provides more information on coronavirus.
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