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As coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the globe, there is important information you should know about the potentially deadly disease, what you can do to mitigate its impact, and how you can keep yourself and others safe.
Coronavirus: Symptoms and transmission
Many symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza overlap, here's how to spot the differences.
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The loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a sign that an individual has coronavirus, according to a recent report.
There are steps you should take to protect yourself and others before heading to the doctor or emergency room that will also help protect the nation’s health care systems.
According to the CDC, coronaviruses are common in camels, cattle, cats and bats. Person-to-person transmissions are thought to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
The risk of contracting coronavirus remains low for most Americans, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.
The severity of the novel coronavirus can differ from person to person.
Coronavirus: Protecting yourself and others
You can protect yourself from coronaviruses by following basic wellness practices.
Keeping your home and surfaces clean using the correct disinfectants is crucial in preventing its spread.
The novel coronavirus may be able to live on surfaces, namely metal, glass or plastic, for up to nine days — if it resembles some of its other human coronavirus-causing “cousins,” that is.
There are a few general rules to follow when it comes to washing your hands thoroughly, including for how long you should keep them under running water.
If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer is the next best option — namely if it contains at least 60 percent alcohol, the CDC says.
“Surgical masks will not prevent your acquiring diseases,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, and the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Keeping your hands off your face is easier said than done: One study found that people touch their faces some 23 times an hour on average.
Contact lens wearers are being advised to switch to glasses amid the coronavirus outbreak as doing so may lessen the urge to touch your eyes.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “There is no evidence right now that the coronavirus can be spread through mail.”
Here are ways to help American doctors and patients with information on charities and fundraisers.
Staying informed about the safest ways to shop can help relieve at least some of the anxiety associated with your next supermarket visit.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, many restaurants and fast food locations have closed dining rooms, and are only offering takeout or delivery options.
Coronavirus: Who is at risk?
Young people, senior citizens and those with immune deficiencies could have an acute reaction if exposed to the virus.
One pediatrician said childrens' frequent exposure to seasonal illnesses could actually be protecting them from COVID-19.
The CDC said that while risk to the American public remains low at this time, pregnant women should continue to engage in usual preventative actions to avoid infection, such as washing hands often and avoiding contact with people who are sick.
It’s well known that other respiratory conditions, such as the common cold or flu, can trigger asthma symptoms, possibly leading to an asthma attack, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. But Is the same true for the novel coronavirus?
Social distancing, hand-washing and avoiding those who are sick are among the top pieces of advice given to the general public, but for the immunocompromised, there are additional steps they can take.
Coronavirus: Treatment and care
Before being tested for the deadly virus, patients must first answer a series of questions.
Fox News received an in-depth look at the new disease from Dr. Debra Chew, a former epidemic intelligence officer for the CDC and an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Health agencies recommend patients receive supportive care to relieve coronavirus symptoms.
Chloroquine and a similar drug, hydroxychloroquine, have shown encouraging signs in small, early tests against the coronavirus, but they have yet to be studied during a controlled clinical trial.
Several medications are being investigated, but that doesn't mean you should run out and buy them unprescribed, or try to recreate them in your home. Doing so could have dire consequences.
Former CDC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Amler told Fox News that a pneumonia shot will not be effective in staving off pneumonia caused by coronavirus.
Even if the patient does test positive, it can be considered safe to continue supporting them with some extra precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if anyone in your house has tested positive, everyone in the house should self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days or longer until the patient has no more symptoms and tests negative.
A negative test doesn't always mean the patient is free of the virus.
While the veterinary community is still dealing largely with unknowns amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, most of what they do know might come as a relief to pet owners.
It’s important to remember that children take cues from the adults that surround them, so how you address the virus at home may reflect in their behavior.
Coronavirus: Coping with isolation and social distancing
A sudden change in routine and lack of human interaction has had a negative impact on some people’s mental health.
With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many people have been forced to work from home and are choosing to keep their social interactions to a minimum. Here are some tips on how to stay sane in the time of coronavirus.
With more and more restaurants closing their dining rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, many people are going to have to rely on cooking their own meals.
Parents are now being faced with extra pressure of having to care for and entertain their children, while also putting in a productive day of work.
Just because the gyms are closed, doesn't mean you still can't get fit in time for summer.
Several hospitals have moved to ban visitors or birthing partners from hospitals due to the coronavirus outbreak. There are steps you can take to help relieve anxiety.
Officials have urged Americans to stop hoarding such supplies and to keep those who may not have the needs or ability to purchase such products in mind, but the unknowns about the ever-evolving situation are still driving thousands to the stores to stock up.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses named after their appearance, a crown, said Dr. Mark Rupp, an infectious disease expert at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
COVID-19 is not the same as other coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people, which is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The World Health Organization's China office says it began receiving reports in late December of a mysterious virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in eastern China with a population of roughly 11 million people.
SARS and MERS came from animals, and this newest virus almost certainly did, too.