2019 Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in Washington State
Thursday, January 23, 2020
The first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the US was confirmed in Snohomish County, Washington. Despite this confirmed case, per the Washington State Department of Health, the risk to the public remains low. The majority of cases are occurring in Asia.
The patient is a resident who recently returned from Wuhan City, China where there is an outbreak and is being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett.
Coronavirus usually causes an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. The new strain is associated with cases of pneumonia in China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Most people will recover on their own. If you are concerned, contact your healthcare provider; be sure to mention any recent travel.