As you may be aware, the emergence of a new coronavirus has been reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While the majority of cases are in China, over 1,000 confirmed cases are being reported in a number of other countries worldwide. Further, global health agencies expect there will be additional reports of new cases as this situation continues to evolve. San Francisco is a common hub for international travel from China. In fact, the U.S. consulate and employees are being evacuated from Wuhan, China to San Francisco.
As of today, there are eleven confirmed cases in the U.S. with two of them being in Santa Clara County. The cases are unrelated and the San Francisco Department of Public Health states there is no elevated risk of infection to the public since the virus is not regarded "circulating" in the area.
Discover Health is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and utilizing the resources of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other leading health agencies.Current impact to You
Decisions regarding local travel restrictions and/or activity should be discussed with your physician based on personal conditions. The following is an excerpt from the SFDPH advisory sheet. It describes the most affected U.S. airports since they are the only direct connections to Wuhan, China:
“The CDC are screening passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, to five airports in the United States. All passengers coming from Wuhan will now arrive at one of these airports.
1) San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
2) New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
3) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
4) Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) (in progress)
5) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) (in progress)"
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Non-essential travel to impacted areas should be avoided. If you do need to travel to an impacted area, you should contact our medical clinic for additional guidance and/or a travel consultation prior to departure.
Travelers should remain vigilant and utilize protective safeguards, check for and adhere to all travel advisory notifications, and be prepared for additional screening at some international airports.Transmission and symptoms
The coronavirus family includes the common cold and the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It is spread through contact with infected animals, human-to-human contact, or touching an infected surface or object.
Symptoms are similar to the common cold and flu, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and difficulty breathing, which can lead to pneumonia. To date, most of the reported fatalities have been in the elderly (over the age of 80) or people with multiple, existing medical conditions.Prevention tips
To prevent infectious diseases, Discover Health recommends the following:
This is even more important now, since symptoms mimic coronavirus. Flu vaccination reduces your chance of getting symptoms similar to coronavirus. It will not protect you from coronavirus but might prevent you from being suspected of having the coronavirus infection.