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The Facts about Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

March 5, 2020

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Last Updated: March 5, 2020.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread outside of China to many countries posing a significant public health concern. To date there are 11 cases of COVID-19 reported in NY.     

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes mild cold / flu-like symptoms about 80% of the time, but can lead to a serious illness like pneumonia especially among elderly populations with underlying health conditions.    

According to the NYC Department of Health, New Yorkers can go about their daily lives as they normally do, but should take these precautions to prevent getting sick with illnesses like the flu or COVID-19:

  • Wash your 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. 
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Do not touch your face, specifically your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not prevent you from getting COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms as the COVID-19. 


  • Have fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath and recently traveled internationally to an area with ongoing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) seek medical attention right away.   Call your doctor and he/she will give you instructions depending on the severity of your symptoms where you should go for treatment and testing for COVID-19.
  • Have fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath without travel, seek medical attention also.
  • Are sick, avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care.

This is a rapidly changing situation, please go to the links below for the latest updates on COVID-19.