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About Novel Coronavirus

What is Novel Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

How does it spread?

Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:

  • Through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

Novel coronavirus is new, and we are learning more each day about how it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick.  As information becomes available, we will keep you informed.

What are the symptoms of this infection?

Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Where can I get more information about the novel coronavirus?

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page.

The LA County Department of Public Health has established a website with information about the coronavirus, guidance and updates.   The information is available by visiting the LAC PH website.

John Hopkins University has created a web page to monitor novel coronavirus case outbreak.