It was just a month ago in Wuhan, China, that an unknown outbreak of the coronavirus popped up, much to the concern of health officials.
Coronavirus is similar to SARS, and it affects the respiratory system. This particular Chinese outbreak, called 2019-nCoV, most likely spread to humans from an animal.
So far, 2019-nCoV has infected 440 different people in China and killed 9.
Now, this deadly outbreak has officially hit the United States, and here’s everything you need to know.
A 30 something-year-old man from Washington is the first person in the United States to come down with 2019-nCoV after visiting China.
“Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
“However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting limited person-to-person spread is occurring, though it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.”
The CDC has now issued a warning for what the symptoms are.
Fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as coughing or difficulty breathing are signs that someone could have 2019-nCoV.
Of course, you have to come into “close contact” with someone who has 2019-nCoV to potentially catch it yourself, and “close contact” is defined by the CDC as being approximately 6 feet away from someone “or within the room or care area” of an infected individual.
“Having direct contact with infectious secretions” of an infected individual is another way to become exposed.
You can keep up with what the CDC has to say about this virus here.
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