Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breathe. There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Commonly asked questions about COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
Q: What is COVID-19?
A: COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Q: How canI help protect myself from COVID-19
A: CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Q: Should I wear a mask to protect myself from COVID-19?
A: CDC does not currently recommend the use of face masks among the general public. Some people who have an increased risk of exposure may need additional precautions, such healthcare professionals caring for COVID-19 patients and other close contacts.
Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipped from China?
A: Currently there is no evidence to support the spread of COVID-19 from goods imported from China and no such cases have been detected.
Q: Is it safe to travel to other countries where COVID-19 cases have occurred?
A: Visit CDC’s destination pages by searching for “CDC Destination” to get health advice and see if there are any travel notices for your next destination.
Q: What if I recently traveled to China and got sick?
A: If you were in China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should:
- Call your doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitize with at least 60% alcohol.
Q: If I decide to travel, should I wear a mask, and if so, what kind?
A: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China at this time. In general, CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.