Residents wait to enter a checkpoint with a sign which reads "Returnees to Beijing registration point" in Beijing, China…
Extended city lockdowns and transport restrictions due to the virus outbreak have depressed domestic demand especially in the service sector
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:51
Health Experts Stress Importance of Data Sharing During Coronavirus Outbreak
As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise, representatives of the World Health Organization and other experts emphasize the importance of data sharing by affected countries to minimize the global impact and help prevent the virus’s spread. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:37
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks about the coronavirus situation in Taiwan, during a news conference at the Centers for…
The two sides are bickering over the details of charter flights that would take Taiwanese citizens home
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:01
An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after she disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.
About 500 passengers allowed to disembark Diamond Princess after testing negative for new coronavirus
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:16
People wearing face masks pass by an electric screen about precautions against the illness COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea,…
Government under pressure to do more to contain fallout of virus
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 02:42
Travel Restrictions, Uncertainty at Home Cause Chinese Tourists to Extend Visas in Indonesia
Southeast Asia's most populous country, Indonesia, has not had an incidence of coronavirus infection, despite being at crossroads of global trade and with some of its region's top tourist destinations. But the virus scare is having an impact on many parts of the country, including the popular tourist destination of Bali. The coronavirus outbreak has led to trip cancellations but has also led many Chinese still on the island to apply to extend their vacations there. VOA's Ahadian Utama reports.
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:37
Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan.
Australia preparing to rescue citizens from virus-hit cruise liner in Japan
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:05
In this photo taken on February 6, 2020, workers of Songyo Knitwear Factory in Pyongyang produce masks for protection against…
Fears N Korea could be concealing an outbreak
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 04:27
A woman wearing face mask walks on a street in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. COVID-19 viral illness has sickened tens of…
But the number of newly confirmed cases is the lowest this month so far
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Tue, 02/18/2020 - 02:32
Employees wear face masks as they stand in a reopened Apple Store in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. China on Friday reported…
Manufacturing facilities in China that produce Apple's iPhone and other electronics have begun to reopen, but they are ramping up more slowly than expected, Apple said
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 21:03
Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaks during the news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)…
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says this should be interpreted with great caution because trends can change as new populations are affected
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 15:12
In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a masked paramilitary policeman stands guard alone at a deserted Tiananmen Gate following…
Observers say it is too risky to gather thousands of political elite in Beijing
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 15:34
Doctor Hangzhou Lu, co-director of Shanghai Public Clinical Center Shanghai, shows a quarantine room for coronavirus patients…
Doctors in Shanghai are using infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those still battling the infection, reporting some encouraging preliminary results, a Chinese professor says
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:55
A placard with a photo of legal scholar Xu Zhiyong is raised by a demonstrator protesting against a Chinese court’s decision to…
Detention of critical intellectuals show intensifying crackdown amid coronavirus outbreak
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:46
Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan.
The woman on the ship will be transferred to a hospital and receive treatment, the Russian Embassy in Japan said in its Facebook posting
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Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:29

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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 to China should:

  • Avoid non-essential travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Discuss travel to China with their 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).
  • 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.

If you traveled to China recently and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, 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.
  • Do 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.

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.