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What are Coronaviruses?
[Narrator:] Coronaviruses are a family of common viruses that can cause illness in both animals and people.
[Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)]
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome are two well-known coronaviruses.
In January of 2020, the World Health Organization announced a new coronavirus, now called COVID-19, which caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province.
We’re still learning about how this virus spreads, and rely on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for guidance.
Here’s what we know about COVID-19:
How does COVID-19 spread?
Currently, it is thought that it spreads mainly through respiratory droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.
It may also spread when an individual touches an infected surface and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eyes.
What are COVID-19 Symptoms?
COVID-19 symptoms may be similar to a respiratory infection.
Primary symptoms may include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Some people, the elderly or the immune-compromised, may experience complications including pneumonia and overwhelming infection, known as sepsis.
How to help protect against COVID-19.
To best protect yourself from this coronavirus:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, including your phone and computer.
Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
For updated information, guidance and travel alerts, visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.
UnitedHealthcare will continue to actively monitor public health resources to ensure we respond appropriately to the needs of our customers and members.
Disclaimer: Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/ World Health Organization (WHO). https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019