Boone County Hospital

Update on Novel Coronavirus

February 3, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a a coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, 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.
  • However, a growing number of patients reportedly haven't had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

At this time, the 2019-nCoV is spreading from person-to-person in China and cases have been detected in a number of countries internationally, including the Untied States.

  • Over 6,000 cases of illness have been identified in China, including over 100 deaths.
  • Imported cases have been reported in several other countries, including the Untied States.
  • Five imported cases have been identified in the U.S. (Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington).

It is important to understand that there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans.

  • Four the of the seven coronaviruses are very common, more mild (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of them in their lifetime.  Healthcare providers test for these common coronaviruses routinely, and no public health measures are needed to address these common coronaviruses.  People infected with the common coronaviruses can avoid passing them to others by covering their coughs and sneezes, cleaning their hands frequently and containing germs by staying home when ill.
  • Three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Testing for this virus can only be done at CDC; healthcare providers are not able to test this virus independent of public health.

CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning:  All nonessential travel to China should be avoided.

  • In addition, federal officials are monitoring air travelers with symptoms compatible with 2019-nCoV infection and a travel connection with China, and are referring them to healthcare for further assessment.

The risk to the general public remains low at this time.  Right now influenza is a much more significant threat to Iowans.  Protect yourself form the flu:

  • It's not too late to get your flu vaccine.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

If you traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing you should:

  • Seek medical care right away.  Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.


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Boone, IA, 50036
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