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New coronavirus spreading to United States

New coronavirus spreading to United States
In response to two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, Carle asks patients to contact their provider before seeking care if they have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and are feeling ill.
The novel coronavirus in China is a new lower respiratory virus similar to SARS and MERS. It causes mild to moderate respiratory illness but can be deadly. Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
No vaccine or specific treatment is available. Supportive care – rest and fluids – is most effective.
“With a large number of international travelers returning to Champaign-Urbana following holiday breaks, it’s extra important that we ask every person seeking care about their recent travel history,” said Casey Benson, infection preventionist.
Patients who have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and are experiencing a fever, dry cough or trouble breathing should contact the healthcare provider before seeking care. Carle patients may call (217) 383-3311.
The CDC is closely monitoring the outbreak first identified in Wuhan, China, which has resulted in hundreds of cases in China with a number of deaths since late December. Additional countries are identifying a growing number of cases.
“What’s most important is to take immediate action to protect yourself and others,” said Robert Healy, MD, chief quality officer. “If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and are feeling ill, contact your healthcare provider before you arrive so proper precautions can be taken.”
Patients and visitors may notice healthcare workers wearing masks, gloves and protective eyewear when assisting persons seeking care in the coming days and weeks. These measures help the spread of germs and keep our community safe. 
“We need to take this virus seriously. We have lots to learn about this new virus. What we know today is it spreads in ways similar to other respiratory infections – through the air such as coughing and sneezing and personal contact,” Dr. Healy said.
Washing your hands and using an alcohol-based sanitizer helps minimize the spread of germs and infections. Avoid unnecessary travel to areas seeing large numbers of confirmed cases and seek medical care right away if you think you exposure to the virus.

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