Published: Wed, February 05, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

The latest from Pa. health officials on the coronavirus threat to residents

The latest from Pa. health officials on the coronavirus threat to residents

One difference between the flu and the virus is your travel history and Hanson is asking people who have traveled to China recently to take precautions.

None of the 11 confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States have occurred in Pennsylvania and the threat to Pennsylvanians remains low, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Monday.

"Local, state and federal public health partners plan, prepare and drill for these types of events", Dr. Farah Ahmed, KDHE State Epidemiologist, said.

This is the second confirmed case of person-to-person spread in the U.S. The first was between a woman and her husband in Chicago, Illinois.

Doctors said a person can get the flu at any time but the illness is more likely to spread during the winter months because the colder temperatures cause people to be indoors and confined to smaller spaces with more people.

DHSS says if at any point laboratory testing confirms a case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in a DE resident, the available details and protective recommendations would be shared with the public as quickly as possible.

"What we're asking folks to do is not to go directly to their provider because we want to make sure we're protecting the public and that they're not in waiting rooms or other areas while they may be symptomatic but rather staying home and we'll work with them to be transported", explained Hanson.

The CDC estimates there have been 25,000 flu-related deaths across the US this season.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. The percentage of emergency department visits with patients exhibiting constitutional symptoms are above baseline levels statewide; fever and ILI specified ED visits are also above baseline levels, according to the Ohio Department of Health. States from the Southwest to Southeast continue to be ravaged by the flu.

Symptoms of the new coronavirus can include fever and cough.

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