Public Health Updates

COVID-19

From https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page
For updates, please visit the link above.

Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in hundreds of people worldwide. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Most people with these infections reported exposure to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China that was closed on January 1, 2020. No people have been diagnosed with this novel coronavirus in New York State.

Tips for Travelers to Wuhan

Travelers to Wuhan should:

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals, such as uncooked meat.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you recently traveled to Wuhan and have a fever and cough or shortness of breath, 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.
  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Wear a mask if you need to leave your home when 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 warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/wuhan.

For information for providers, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/providers/health-topics/novel-respiratory-viruses.page

Posted 1-28-2020 | Last Updated 2-14-2020

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Photo Credit: Shirley Huang

CAMS & Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene held a press conference today in partnership with Coalition of Asian American IPA, NYC Mayor's Office, Council Member Peter Koo, Council Member Margaret Chin's Office, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam's Office, Maimonides Medical Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Chinese American Nurses Association, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and to discuss the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak. With public education, proper screening and isolation practices, the public and provider communities will be best prepared to face and manage this new respiratory infection effectively.

Our organizations will continue to closely monitor updated from the World Health Organization, CDC and work with the New York City Department of Health.

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Resources for the General Public

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Physician Resources

CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/providers/health-topics/novel-respiratory-viruses.page

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

Posted 1-28-2020

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