In this image from a video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Aug. 11, 2020.
Prime minister issues stay-at-home lockdown in Auckland after four cases found in one household
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug…
Putin claims new vaccine "works quite effectively...forms a stable immunity"
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People take part in a march during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York City, Aug. 3, 2020.
Colleges and universities issue strict COVID rules
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People walk past the Colosseum in Rome
Critics concede dealing with virus that was completely unknown 8 months ago is no easy feat, but guidance changes risk eroding public confidence, analysts and public health officials fear
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Tue, 08/11/2020 - 06:57
A little girl wearing a face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic gets her temperature taken at a police checkpoint, at the…
Cuba returns to partial lockdown to slow spread of coronavirus  
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Tue, 08/11/2020 - 02:38
People wearing face masks wait their turn to be called for a PCR test for the COVID-19 at Vilafranca del Penedes in the…
Global number of cases approaching 20 million
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(FILES) In this file photo US Customs officers speaks with people in a car beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at…
Reuters reported in May that US officials worried that dual US-Mexico citizens might flee to the US if the coronavirus outbreak in Mexico worsened, putting more stress on US hospitals
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 21:26
Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) holds the trophy following the team's 34=21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten…
Politicians get involved in an apparent last-ditch attempt to save the season
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 20:25
Kemi Lawani, who owns Bonitas Extensions and Braids, reopened her salon for hair styling last week, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The salon had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd protests. (Photo courtesy of Kemi Lawani)
Return also delayed by protests in late May after the death of George Floyd in police custody
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:25
South African Innovators Tackle COVID Risks in Humble Minibus Taxi
'By not dealing with the commute, we basically undid what was happening with lockdown,' says South African businessman trying to outfit taxis to prevent COVID
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 15:31
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Pediatric Clinic Prepares Young Coronavirus Patients
While the possibility of children returning to schools in person is being debated over coronavirus infection concerns, parents are beginning to overcome their worries enough to take their children to pediatricians for routine evaluations and vaccines. Celia Mendoza visited a pediatric clinic in Paterson, New Jersey where VOA gained unique access to the safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus Camera: Celia Mendoza   Produced by: Celia Mendoza
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Tue, 08/11/2020 - 07:24
Maryland governor Larry Hogan and first lady Yumi Hogan are seen on Lunar New Year's day. (Courtesy - Executive Office of the Governor)
Asians living in Maryland have donated more than 560,000 PPE items to the state government; the inspiration behind the drive was Yumi Hogan, the first lady of the state
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 14:20
Patrons enjoy lunch at a market in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug. 9, 2020, as the country marked 100 days of being free from the coronavirus, with just a few infections continuing to be picked up at ports of entry where people are quarantined.
The World Health Organization says leaders who take tough action and persuade their citizens to embrace new and difficult measures will succeed in crushing the coronavirus
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Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:52
People wear protective masks while watching a movie at a cinema in Peshawar after Pakistan lifted lockdown restrictions, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, Aug. 10, 2020.
Government reopens all sectors and outlines strict guidelines on maintaining social distancing, avoiding big gatherings and wearing masks to help sustain national gains against pandemic
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Prevention and Treatment of the New Coronavirus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has this advice for people concerned about the spread of the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV.

Click on the headings below to read the CDC's recommendations.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Travelers should:

  • Avoid all nonessential travel to mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran
    • If you must travel to these areas:

    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Discuss travel to any of these areas with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
    • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Supplies of hand sanitizer, tissues, and other hygiene products may be limited, so consider bringing them with you.
    • Pay attention to your health during travel and for 14 days after you leave.

    If you spent time in these areas during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough and have difficulty breathing:

    • Take your temperature.
    • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Do not travel while sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

To learn more about the 2019-nCoV virus, visit the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions page.