Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses that usually cause mild to moderate respiratory illness. The particular strain in the news today, 2019-nCoVm, has been associated with more severe symptoms in some instances.
Based on current information, symptoms of 2019-nCoV can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days from initial exposure to the disease, and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching infected droplets from an infected person – usually from a cough or a sneeze.
There are NO known cases in the metropolitan St. Louis area, nor are there any suspected cases at any BJC hospitals.
BJC has a process in place at every hospital to screen and identify potential cases, and is prepared and equipped to care for patients safely.
It’s important to note that flu season is nearing its peak. Unless an individual has recently traveled to Wuhan, or has been exposed to a recent traveler, symptoms are likely the flu. Please remember to practice cold and flu prevention techniques:
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid contact with others who are sick
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue
- Stay home if you are sick
KMOV St. Louis interviewed Hilary Babcock, MD, a Washington University infectious disease specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, for her take on the Coronavirus.
More details can be found on the CDC’s website.