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An outbreak of the coronavirus (now called COVID-19) in China is causing global concern. Regarding the fatality rate, it appears that the risk of death with the pandemic coronavirus infection (commonly estimated at 3% to 4%) is less than it was for SARS (approximately 11%) and MERS (about 35%), but may be higher than the risk from seasonal flu (which averages about 0.1%).
The means of transmission is similar: through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes, or by direct physical contact with an infected person, such as shaking hands,” says Dr. David Goldberg , internist and infectious disease specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester and an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.



The US has urged people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people , superseding the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 15 March, which asked Americans to cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 people or more over the next 8 weeks.
But no matter which group you fall into, everyone has a responsibility to limit the spread to other people, especially to those who may develop deadly complications, Dr. Tom Moorcroft, an osteopathic doctor who specializes in infectious disease, tells CNET.

County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis told us that people will be tested to determine if they've been infected, and if so, "what their antibodies look like." Davis said the data will help to make some "general estimates and predictions" about how far the virus has spread and how deadly it is.
If travel advisories have issued warnings against traveling to a certain country (such as Italy or Iran), and you travel there anyway, How to prevent the coronavirus at home if you get sick with COVID-19, your travel health insurance will not cover any of your medical expenses related to the disease.

Anyone who is at high risk of complications if they contract novel coronavirus, like the elderly or immunocompromised, should not spend time around someone who has been exposed to the new coronavirus or is showing symptoms (doctors don't know yet whether children or pregnant women are higher risk).
The federal government has issued some new guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus or have recently traveled to an area where the virus is spreading, and you develop a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you call a health care professional for guidance on whether to be tested.

Meanwhile, L.A. County public health officials said it was " a critical week " in determining whether the local spread of COVID-19 would start "skyrocketing." The county's public health director, Barbara Ferrer, urged residents to stay indoors, saying " this would be the week to skip shopping altogether " if you already have enough supplies in your home.

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