What you Need to Know about the Novel Cornonavirus
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes symptoms, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus has been identified in China.
The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has closely monitored an outbreak of COVID-19 from China since early January and has declared a public health emergency for the US. The first reported instance of human-to-human spread was reported in the US on January 30.
Important Information to Remember
Department of Health Services encourages everyone to practice good hygiene and preventative measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19, including:
- Wash your hands frequently or use anti-viral sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
- Wash your hands every time you use a tissue for your nose.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Clean any surface that is touched often, such as countertops or door handles.
- Limit close contact with those who are sick.
- If you are sick, quickly report your symptoms to your medical provider and stay away from others. You may need to stay home from work or school.
- Your medical provider may recommend using a face mask when you are near other people. However, face masks are not recommended for the public, as they do not provide protection from coronavirus.
For more information, go to the coronavirus website here: https://socoemergency.org/coronavirus/
Información en español: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Disease-Control/Coronavirus/Lo-que-debe-saber/