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The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as coronavirus (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms like the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.
Current symptoms reported for patients with the virus have included, the following and adults are more prone to this virus, more so than children at this point.
The CDC believes individuals may begin to experience the symptoms of the virus 2-14 days after exposure. For more detailed information, visit the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.
Currently there have been several confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Public Health (LDH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19. The goal is to quickly identify cases and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public. For more information on Louisiana’s response to the COVID-19 visit the LDH website dph.la.gov.
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Also, if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care providers will work with the state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested. Make sure to call first.
The Federal Government has announced that all health insurance providers will cover the cost of the test and treatment of the Coronavirus. However, you should contact your provider for details.
If you don’t have health insurance, or you are underinsured, contact the local Health Department for instructions on where to go to get tested.
The Coronavirus started in China and has now been detected in almost 100 locations internationally, including the United States.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects:
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
CDC has information on their website, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html, for travelers inquiring about upcoming travel to certain countries with a high number of virus cases, or travel precautions in general.
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area in a country (China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea) with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Early information shows that some of the people with higher risk of getting very sick include seniors, and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung and kidney disease.
Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but vaccines are being worked on.
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including the Coronavirus. Facemasks should only be worn if recommended by healthcare professional, or by people who already have or are showing signs of COVID-19 to prevent others from getting infected.
CDC Information and factsheets on the coronavirus in various languages, can be found below:
At the bottom of these pages are “what to do” and What not to do” in multiple languages.
World Health Organization:
The Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers that scam artists are trying to take advantage of consumers’ during heightened attention to coronavirus. Scam artists may post, email, and text to promote false information about “cases” of the disease in your neighborhood that do not exist, and bogus prevention medication in order to obtain your personal information and your money. They also may ask you to donate to victims through a sham charity or offer “advice” about false treatments for the disease.
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