With recent news about the coronavirus, you as family members may have some questions or concerns. Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – is a new virus that causes respiratory illness. Because this is a new virus, information can change as we learn more. As always, we continue to follow proper health and safety precautions to ensure the well-being of our residents.
For more information you can visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. A new viral outbreak is scary but panic should not occur. If we take strong measures now, we may be able to reduce the impact of the virus. Educating yourself and your family will greatly reduce panic and anxiety while aiding to prevent the spread of infection. The clinical presentation of 2019-nCoV includes a range of symptoms, from light coughing to severe pneumonia resulting in death. Fever, coughing and shortness of breath are most common. Symptoms usually appear from two days to two weeks after exposure. Although there is uncertainty on the issue of “asymptomatic transmission” (if an infected person can spread the virus before they get sick and start coughing, etc.), it is unlikely to contribute much to the spread of the virus. The highest risk of virus spread would be from a person who has symptoms like fever and cough.
Our knowledge of the 2019-nCoV continues to grow as new information becomes available. At this time, initial reports indicate that, similar to influenza, this virus may be spread when a sick person coughs or sneezes. The vast majority of reported cases only experience mild symptoms and are well enough to stay home. As with influenza, elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to develop severe symptoms and require hospitalization.