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Information from the Maricopa County Department of Health regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Please see the attached document for more information. Below is a brief summary of the information.

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

§ The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hebei Province, China.

§ You can learn more about the virus at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

How does the virus spread?

§ This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

§ It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person to person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. The spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.

How can I help protect myself?

§ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

§ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

§ Stay home when you are sick.

§ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

§ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Where can I go for more information? Information is rapidly developing, you can find the most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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