Update on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China (PA DOH). It has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States (CDC).
Symptoms of the coronavirus can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
People most at risk of contracting a coronavirus are those who have traveled to places where the virus is occurring. Early information out of China, where the coronavirus first emerged, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heath disease, diabetes, and lung disease (CDC).
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