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IDPH’s Health Alert for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Covers What Physicians Need to Know

January 28, 2020

The death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise and the cases are now in the thousands. China is warning that coronavirus can spread even before someone has any symptoms. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a Health Alert last week, a comprehensive four-page resource that includes what physicians need to know.

This virus does not have an official name yet and is currently known as "novel coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV," where the "n" stands for "novel", while the "CoV" denotes "coronavirus." 

As we prepare to publish, there are five cases of coronavirus confirmed in the United States. Airline passengers traveling directly or indirectly from Wuhan, China to the United States are being screened at five airports – Chicago O’Hare International Airport is one of them. Additional airports are expected to begin screening soon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus and offers details about the illness here.

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