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What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

There is a new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) causing an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There have been a number of cases reported globally, including the United States.

COVID-19 symptoms may range from mild to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • Through contact with contaminated surfaces

Travelers returning from a country that has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should stay home for a period of 14 days and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or trouble breathing. If you become sick, call 1.877.PA.HEALTH (1.877.724.3258) and your doctor's office/emergency room before visiting.


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