COVID-19 Outbreak | Five Things To Know About the Novel Coronavirus


(music) Coronaviruses are a
family of virus that cause everything from the common
cold to more severe disease. They generally circulate in
animals but they can jump to humans and they’ve caused
diseases like MERS and SARS in the past. Right now the people at
highest risk for coronavirus are those who live in
Hubei Province, China. I know Americans may be
concerned but all the cases in the United States are in
people who have traveled to China or their
close contacts. The data right now says that
coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets. That means coughing
or sneezing. The symptoms of coronavirus
are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Those symptoms are the same
that you’d have with a viral respiratory infection,
for example like the flu. The most important thing for
people in the United States to understand is that their
immediate risk for novel coronavirus is low. We would suggest that they
stay informed but also that they take everyday
usual precautions. They should cover their
coughs, wash their hands, and stay home
when they’re sick.