Stephen Johnson, coordinator with the City of Wharton’s Emergency Management, issued a press release this week that explains the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the novel coronavirus.

Johnson said as of this time there are no cases in Texas but these common prevention methods should be used and will help with spreading more prevalent infections such as the flu.

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Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• 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.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Symptoms

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

The press release said the CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as two weeks exactly after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

Abbott partakes in health session

The same, day, Gov. Greg Abbott participated in a call with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, federal cabinet and health officials, and other state governors on the status of the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. 

The leaders were also joined by Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, for the call. 

The federal and state leaders discussed strategies to limit and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and how all states and the federal government can collaborate to prevent the expansion of the virus in the United States. 

“The State of Texas is continuing to collaborate with our local, state, and federal partners as updates come in on the status of the coronavirus,” said Abbott in a press release. “Our local communities will have the resources they need to respond to any potential cases of the coronavirus in their area, and we remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Texans.” 

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