The Alameda County Public Health Department has created a website to inform the public about the novel (new) coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alameda County at this time.
The Department of Public Health states that residents who have returned from China before February 3 and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should contact their health provider, inform them of their travel history, and isolate themselves at home pending their doctor’s advice. The same goes for individuals who believe they have been in contact with a recent traveler from China.
The immediate health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public in California and Alameda County is low. However, residents should follow everyday preventative actions (listed below) to prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses, which are far more prevalent now than the coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.