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Coronavirus Prevention and Frequently Asked Questions

Post Date:02/05/2020 3:58 PM

The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. In an effort to combat further spread of this virus throughout our nation and globally, please review the following prevention tips and frequently asked questions provided by Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel. We encourage you to share this message with friends, family, and loved ones. Let’s also remember to be respectful and courteous, and refrain from stereotyping others. For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit:


Message from Supervisor Spiegel’s Office

Coronavirus Prevention and Frequently Asked Questions

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week designated the coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV a "public-health emergency of international concern." Riverside County health officials are working with state and federal representatives to monitor the cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) from the Wuhan, China outbreak. Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said there have been no confirmed cases in Riverside County. Health officials recently announced the illness, which originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to Southern California with one case each in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

As we carefully monitor the coronavirus here in our region, there are several things we want the public to know about the virus and tips to avoid infection.


Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Novel Coronavirus?
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 

Why is it named Coronavirus?
The name coronavirus comes from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. 

How does the virus spread?
This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum.  Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. 

What are the symptoms and complications?
Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.


Coronavirus Prevention Tips

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses including the Coronavirus.

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