Novel Coronavirus 2020


You may have heard about a new virus that’s
causing respiratory illness in China, and now in a few other countries as well, including
the United States. But, we have had no cases in California. I’m Dr. Sonia Angell director of the California
Dept of Public health and State Public Health Officer. Based on current information, the immediate
health risk to the general public in California is low. Still, we consider this a serious public health
concern. We’re carefully monitoring this new virus. We’re actively working with the CDC, with
local governments and health care providers across the state to protect your health. The novel coronavirus appears to have originated
at a public market in Wuhan China, where it transferred from animal to human. Now there is evidence that it is can spread
from person to person. China is reporting a few hundred cases and
some deaths. The coronavirus causes respiratory symptoms
similar to the flu. Like the flu, the symptoms can be mild, but
sometimes are severe. Runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat,
fever and shortness of breath. Passengers arriving from Wuhan China are being
screened at both San Francisco International and Los Angeles International Airports. If you have recently traveled to Wuhan China
and become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, immediately contact your health
care provider immediately or local health department. Please be sure to tell your health care provider
about your travel history. The California Department of Public Health
is working with local health departments and health care providers to help them evaluate
ill people who have been to China… and report suspected cases. While we have had no cases yet, it is likely
we will see some and we are ready. We have updated the California Department
of Public Health website to provide you the latest information about the coronavirus and
answers to common questions. Go to cdph.ca.gov And The Centers for Disease Control has updated
its travel health notice for people who may be traveling to Wuhan China. To prevent the spread of any virus, it is
always a good idea to wash our hands and cover our mouths when we sneeze. Working together, we can have a healthier
California.

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