CDC Reports on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – What you need to know

With confirmed reports of the Novel Coronavirus in the United States, we want to make sure everyone is educated and aware of the world’s “New Pneumonia” The below information came from cdc.org and we will be following them closely for any and all updated information.

How 2019-nCoV Spreads

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.
  • It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. While CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

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.

How can you help keep your loved one and careteam safe?

As Healthcare Professionals, we feel obligated in keeping our families and caregivers safe, educated and protected. But, we can’t do it alone. The Regent Community requests your support in being a part of the prevention package. Below are just a couple items we have added to our emergency preparedness policy and please visit cdc.org for more information.

  • We will be asking all patients and their families about recent travel, particularly those with fever and acute respiratory illness.
  • We have directed our clinical staff to immediately report any patients who meet criteria for a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV, or any patient for whom clinical presentation or exposure history is equivocal.