2019 Novel Coronavirus
What is it?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV or Covid-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It’s called ‘Novel’ because it is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.
Covid-19 has now spread to multiple countries, including the United States. There are no confirmed cases in Minnesota at this time.
What is St. Louis County Public Health’s role in this?
Like health officials around the world, we are closely monitoring the situation and reviewing information as it comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
For now, our role is to help educate people by providing accurate information about the risk, signs or symptoms to watch for, and how best to protect yourself and your family.
What can I do to keep myself or my family safe?
The best advice includes tips you should follow to protect yourself against any virus:
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain social distancing - at least 3 feet between yourself and someone who is coughing, sneezing or who has a fever.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products.