The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), first reported in Wuhan, China, is receiving a lot of attention from media, health professionals and concerned patients. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only six confirmed cases in the U.S. as of January 31, 2020, it’s still appropriate for the public and health care providers to pay attention due to the severity of the symptoms associated with the original outbreak, according to Stephen Blatt, MD, Director for Infectious Diseases with TriHealth Physician Partners and Stephen Cleves, MD, TriHealth’s System Chief for Primary Care.
Drs. Blatt and Cleves discussed the outbreak of the new coronavirus and the concern surrounding it during a recent segment of TriHealth Table Talk. They provided information about what exactly a coronavirus is and how the current outbreak compares to other widely-known coronavirus outbreaks in recent years such as MERS and SARS. They discussed symptoms and risks of the current outbreak and other topics such as:
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