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Novel Coronavirus:

*01/31/2020 3:11PM*

The United States declared a Public Health State of Emergency.

Mandatory quarantine up to 14 days will take place for any of those traveling back to the U.S. from the Wuhan area of China. Travel restrictions will also be made effective.

"The coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States...[the] United States government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities to detect and detain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively."


The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Limited person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected with this virus in the United State. At this time, this virus is not spreading in communities in the U.S., so the likelihood of someone in the U.S. getting sick with this virus is very low. Right, now the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China.

This virus probably originated from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainable this virus is spreading between people.

Patients with 2019-nCoV have reportedly has mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

There is currently no vaccine and no specific medication/medical treatment. People with symptoms should consult a doctor and seek medical care for their symptoms.

World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on 01/30/2020.

For more information, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois Department of Public Health