What You Need to Know about the New Coronavirus Outbreak

The current international coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. CVS Health continues to monitor the situation and review guidance from trusted sources of clinical information such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). For the latest information, please visit the CDC and/or WHO websites dedicated to this issue.

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As the international outbreak of the new coronavirus named COVID-19 continues to evolve, CVS Health is closely monitoring the situation and is in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Below is information about the virus, including tips for staying healthy. For more information, please visit the CDC or WHO websites dedicated to this issue.

What is this new coronavirus?

The CDC and WHO are actively monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus named COVID-19, which causes respiratory illness. The virus, which has infected thousands of people worldwide and caused deaths, originated in Wuhan City, China. Additional cases have now been reported in the United States. Visit the CDC Traveler’s Health website for travel notices and precautions.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. People with heart and lung disease or weakened immune systems, as well as infants and older adults, are at higher risk for lower respiratory tract illness.

How is COVID-19 spread?

Human coronaviruses are usually spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing and through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

Protecting yourself and others from the virus:

Although there are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection, you may be able to reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands often, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

For information about hand washing, see the CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives website.

What should you do if you suspect you or someone else has contracted COVID-19?

Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Although there are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses, you can take the following actions to relieve symptoms if you are mildly sick:

  • Take pain and fever medications. Ask your pharmacist how they may interact with any medications you currently take. Caution: The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend not giving aspirin to children.
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Stay home and rest.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, please see your local health care provider.

Where can you obtain more information?

You can find more information on the new coronavirus at these links: