Frequently Asked Questions
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). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this new novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 is low.
Fever, cough, sore throat, and, in some cases, difficulty breathing. For many cases, it presents a lot like the flu.
The risk to people in the United States is currently low. Almost all of the cases are occurring in China, with a relatively small number of cases in other countries. Nearly all those cases originated in China.
One person in Washington State has been diagnosed with COVID 19. This person was infected while traveling in Wuhan City, China.
Epidemic refers to "an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area." The number of cases of this disease has risen dramatically since it was first described in December 2019 and has spread well beyond the original area. It is considered an epidemic.
No. The risk to anyone living in the United States remains low. All hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe.