Here’s how you can prepare for the coronavirus

The global outbreak of the disease has prompted a lot of questions, and we've compiled some answers from reliable sources to help answer them. 
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What is coronavirus? How do you protect yourself and your family from it? Where did it start and where has it spread?

The global outbreak of the disease has prompted a lot of questions, and we’ve compiled some answers from reliable sources to help answer them.

Background: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

While there are not yet any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nebraska (aside from people brought to the state for quarantine), health officials both locally and nationally are urging people to be prepared.

ABC News has compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the disease. You can find a link to that information here: click here. 

For more detailed information on the disease itself, as well as other tips to prepare yourself for possible outbreak locally, you can visit the CDC’s website: click here.

 

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