The Chinese Coronavirus Has Hit the U.S. Here’s What You Should Know.
U.S. health officials say they have confirmed the first American case of the coronavirus that has killed six people and sickened hundreds of others in and around Wuhan, China. The U.S. patient is a Washington man in his 30s who had recently traveled to Wuhan. He is now being treated in Everett, Washington.
Health screenings have begun in earnest at U.S. airports. We’ve seen them at LAX and SFO already. Public schools will also be on alert, as the CDC says it expects to see more U.S. cases of the virus in the future.
There are seven known types of human coronavirus, according to the CDC. Most of them cause mild symptoms. Two newer types, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have been known to cause severe illness.
The CDC is monitoring the latest outbreak of 2019-nCoV that began in Wuhan. Symptoms include fever, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. To prevent infection, travelers to Wuhan are advised to avoid contact with sick people, animals, or animal markets.
Learn more from the CDC.