Coronavirus Prevention Is Largely the Same as Flu Prevention

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Symptoms of coronavirus mostly include flu-like illness such as fever, cough, and congestion.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a "public health emergency", after a week of deliberations and a previous decision to hold off on any declarations. For people living in the United States, the seasonal influenza virus, not the coronavirus, should be getting the most attention.

The flu season, however, has taken a back seat to the coronavirus emanating from Wuhan, China.

So far, MS has no cases under investigation or confirmed cases.

Butler County officials are waiting for results from two Miami University students who recently traveled to China, while Ohio State and other schools are restricting travel there "out of an abundance of caution".

Avoid contact with ill people.

Gregory Poland, director of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said: "Coronavirus is not a risk to the average American (or) someone who has not traveled to China or has been exposed to someone who has done so".

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According to the chief medical officer at West Michigan-based Priority Health, the public should be more concerned about the common flu than the current strain of coronavirus.

So far, more than 100 people have died from the coronavirus and more than 6,000 other patients have been infected with the virus across the globe.

On Friday, a high-ranking Chinese official said he feels "guilty" for not acting quicker to stop the spread of coronavirus, The New York Times reported.

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There are more than 1,000 Americans still in Wuhan, bu the US State Department announced on Thursday it was planning a second evacuation flight.

Three of them have been in South Texas.

OSDH Commissioner of Health Gary Cox said the risk to the general public is low, but OSDH will continue to be vigilant and continue planning and communicating with all local, state and federal partners as the investigation of this worldwide event continues.

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