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Symptoms and risks of novel coronavirus

There are things people can do right now to protect themselves from the coronavirus

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 6:58 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 1:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With fears of novel coronavirus growing and one presumptive case in Oregon, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, the senior public health officer for Lane County Public Health says people need to know the symptoms and the risks.

Luedtke said the symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, and more. The virus is spread through the air by people already infected with the disease. The very young and old, along with people who have other respiratory illnesses, are most at risk of developing life-threatening conditions like pneumonia.

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"Eighty percent of people get a very mild infection just like the common cold," Luedtke said. "They get a low-grade fever, perhaps, and they have a sore throat and a cough, and they get better in a few days."

Luedtke said if they see a positive case of coronavirus in Lane County, that person could be isolated at home or even in the hospitals, depending on the severity. He said public health officials would also do an investigation to find who that person has been in close contact with.

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"To keep themselves and loved ones safe and healthy but also the rest of the community," Luedtke said.

Luedtke said there are things people can do right now to protect themselves from the coronavirus. He said people should wash their hands with soap and water, cover their mouth when they cough and throw away used tissues.

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