As information about coronavirus dominates the news, many North Carolina residents are left to wonder if and how they may be impacted.
According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, making flu still the biggest risk for Charlotteans. With 115 flu deaths in North Carolina this season alone, it is not too late to get a flu shot.
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Despite the low risk of coronavirus for North Carolinians, we still encourage you to educate yourself. Here are a few common questions/answers about the coronavirus outbreak:
What is coronavirus and how did these cases begin?
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency. The respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China, has now resulted in thousands of Chinese cases. Being a new strain, information about coronavirus is still uncertain but cases have ranged from mild illness to death.
While this strain is new, coronavirus is a large family of viruses that most often infect animal species, though they can spread from animals to humans. Many patients have reported no contact with animals so Chinese officials report person-to-person contact is responsible for spreading the virus.
I live in North Carolina – should I be concerned about coronavirus?
In the United States, 59 cases of coronavirus have been verified by the Centers for Disease Control with the closest in proximity to North Carolina found in Illinois and Texas (as of February 26). Of those cases, 45 were from repatriated individuals. The CDC continues to release new information on US cases and their geography.
The CDC provides information for travelers and recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China.