Currently in the US, the CDC considers the general public's immediate health risk to be low for 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Most people who have been infected with this virus recover without hospitalization. However, it is important to know the risk factors and protect yourself and others from the spread of infection.

Those who have recently traveled to China or who have had contact with a person with possible novel coronavirus infection and have become ill should call the El Dorado County Public Health Department Disease Control Department at 530-621-6100.

Viruses can be spread through respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes or close contact with an infected person. As with any virus such as cold or flu, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed by:

  • Hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

What symptoms should I look for?

Most infected individuals exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing up blood or mucus

How is the coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus is usually spread through coughing or sneezing. It’s important to cover coughs with a tissue or in the elbow of their sleeve.

How is the virus treated?

Broad spectrum anti-viral medications can be used to treat this virus, although it’s not been tested thoroughly enough to guarantee a 100% recovery. Patients should self-treat the same way they would treat the flu: plenty of fluids and rest.