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Posted on January 31, 2020

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond on the Risk of Coronavirus in the United States

If you’ve seen the news so far this year, you’ve likely heard about the spread of the coronavirus, mainly in China. That country has seen nearly 6,000 confirmed cases of the disease as of Jan. 28, and over 130 deaths. 

While there were five cases in the United States as of the end of January, the government is saying that the overall risk in this country is low.

“This is a very fast moving, constantly changing situation,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said during a news conference on Jan. 28. “But at this point, Americans should not worry for their own safety.”

All five of the cases in the United States have been in people traveling from Wuhan, China – an area that has been hit the hardest by the bug. All of those patients have been hospitalized and are in isolation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there has been no human-to-human passing of the disease so far in the U.S., and that flights from China are being monitored and passengers are being screened for potential symptoms.

Travel Advisories to China

The U.S. has issued travel advisories regarding travel to China. They are advising against traveling to the Hubei province of China, and they are urging people to reconsider or postpone trips elsewhere to China for the time being.

Can Coronavirus Be Treated?

There is no dedicated treatment for the virus yet, which has turned deadly in Asia. Right now, doctors are helping patients breathe and deal with other viral symptoms. 

Treatments are being developed, however, which include an existing drug that’s an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus. The National Institute of Health has also begun working on a vaccine that could begin clinical trials within three months. 

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