By: Dr. Eric Levene
Many of us have heard on the news, or have seen on social media, about the Coronavirus descending from Wuhan, China. As of this morning, there are 5 confirmed cases in the United States and scattered cases in more than 6 countries besides China.
The Coronavirus is a family of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. The common cold we all experience is part of this family of viruses. What makes this new novel Coronavirus more dangerous is still unknown.
56 people have died and more than 2,000 cases are reported in China. On Sunday, China’s health minister stated that the virus can be spread in a 2 week incubation period before a person comes down with symptoms. This information has yet to be confirmed and China has not released any backup documentation.
So what does this mean for us? As of now, we continue our regular lives. We will practice good hygiene, wash our hands often, cough and sneeze into our elbows and stay home if we are sick. Right now, we will continue with flu prevention.
We will continue to update our Allied families as things change.