What you should know about the Coronavirus

Dr. Jen Ashton takes us through the basics of the coronavirus.
3:20 | 01/24/20

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Ron Myers is species or family of viruses. And typically affect animals like fats or cats. At least seven strains are known to infect humans and when it does he normally causes mild to moderate. Cold like symptoms infecting the upper respiratory tract usually Enron viruses can also reduce. Disease in the lower respiratory tract is that something like pneumonia. And occasionally. They had the only don't really understand a lot of the specific features inspires me. And that's I hardly health officials are taking some seriously. I think it's pretty clear right now that there's absolutely no reason for the American population tell panic. Public health officials in the United States in the overall risk to the US population to below Jimmy Carter. Scanning and tracking people coming into this country we know clinically proven. Health care professional standpoint what to look out homer. There's a good test available and we know how to isolate people with an upper respiratory infections. I better actively ill or contagious. We still don't know a lot of features found this virus any time it are so many unknowns. It makes scientists medical professionals public health officials. A little bit uneasy. Lessons learned from stars and rumors have really performs the reaction. To this new girl virus outbreak making it much faster and much more effective. In terms of protection right now I think people need to remember that an influenza virus is much more of a threat. Immediate threat to our house in this novel new corona virus would be seeing me. Common sense precautions apply the hand hygiene washing your hands regularly. With soap and water that's not available in alcohol based and sanitize or avoiding touching your mountain northeast. Avoiding contact with people who are known to be in el Rey now the American public health officials are not recommending that people avoid travel to China TSA. Has and now high US air wars. We're buying patients are asked if he'd be moved on in the last two weeks. There are temperature is taken from. And they're asked if they had any symptoms of shortness of breath caught. Fever chills. But the most important Israeli air travel history as a practicing physician I haven't seen that it's always best in Madison was due. Prepare for the worse. And then hope for the best and I texting panic in medicine and science is. Usually never a good thing. People tend not sleeping clearly planning panic and rate now I think that. My ice the American public would be to trust the public health officials. We brilliant scientists and doctors and nurses who are at work. I'm trying to figure out what we're dealing with here and understand that. Re hath. Infection control procedures. That are well established that are being implemented. And this is not a situation where we're reinventing and we hope. The.

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