Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update

As of February 10th, 2020, there have been NO confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the State of Maryland.  

The Coronavirus is identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Early on, many of the patients reported a link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

If you traveled to Wuhan, China, or other areas impacted by the Coronavirus, please monitor for symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing for 14 days after your return.

If you do feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during those 14 days, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For confirmed Coronavirus infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In general, people can protect themselves and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Practice good health habits

For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit: https://aahealth.org/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html