According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. This flu-like virus is very serious, but the immediate health risk to the general public is low. As of today, January 30, there have been six confirmed cases in the U.S.—none in Michigan.
As the concern for the coronavirus continues to grow, it’s important to know the symptoms involved:
- Shortness of breath
Similar to influenza, people at a serious risk for developing coronavirus are those who suffer from chronic disease and weakened immune systems. Older and very young demographics are also at a more serious risk.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus, health experts recommend practicing the following everyday actions:
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
- Clean and disinfect any surfaces you frequently touch.
- Always cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Stay home when you’re feeling sick.
- Avoid close contact of any kind with sick individuals.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Health experts in Michigan are keeping a close eye on the risk for coronavirus in our area. Dr. James Forshee, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Priority Health says, “Priority Health will continue to monitor and work with the State’s Health Departments and Department of Health and Human Services to assure appropriate information is obtained and readily shared.”