Pennsylvania health department officials say 'coronavirus threat remains low'

Henrietta Brewer
February 5, 2020

According to the latest figures from the agency, influenza activity picked up again, with more than 19 million cases of influenza reported in the United States this season. "Influenza remains widespread and a much larger threat at this time than the novel coronavirus poses".

Coronavirus typically starts with a fever or cough and some people experience difficulty breathing. "For the general American public, including people in Hopewell and Pennington, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low".

Faculty, staff and students who traveled to or from China during January are required to contact OU Health Services or OU Health Sciences Center Employee Health to arrange for a telephone medical screening.

While the virus has not been identified in Kansas, the state health department said it will continue to work with the CDC and local partners to detect and respond to any possible cases in the future. The CDC says there have been 68-child flu deaths this season. "If you are sick, please stay home; If your kids are sick, don't send them to school", Carey said.

And, if you are sick - particularly with a fever - do your part to stop the spread. The majority of the cases have occurred in China, but have also spread to other countries, a lot of them associated with travel from Wuhan.

There's no anti-Wuhan vaccine yet, and, says Anthony Fauci M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "There is no proven therapy for coronavirus infection".

The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that three people in New York City are being tested for coronavirus and that the results of the testing may not be confirmed for a few days.

"Princeton residents should know that there is no restriction on ordering items from those areas", Grosser said.

Lee Norman, KDHE secretary, said that the male patient had been released from the hospital and "was in a monitored, isolated living space" following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedure, according to a news release. "To prevent the spread of illness, individuals should follow good respiratory hygiene practices".

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