On Wednesday, the CDC announced its first case of unknown origin of the Coronavirus in the United States.
That means that person, who is from Santa Clara County, California, did not travel to any of the affected countries, nor did they have any contact with anyone who did or who is sick with the virus.
According to the SF Gate, a second person, with an unknown origin, from Santa Clara County was also diagnosed with it.
The paper says that “The woman was hospitalized with a respiratory illness and the county conducted the test to diagnose the virus. Health officials there are tracking down anyone the woman might have met and infected.”
Further north in Oregon, an elementary school employee at Forest Hills Elementary School is presumed to have it in Washington County. That person’s test was sent out to the CDC. We can find out the results for it as early as this weekend.
In the meantime, KGW is reporting that “an email sent from the Lake Oswego School District Friday night says the school will be closed through Wednesday, March 4. The school will be deeply cleaned. All activities at district schools are canceled this weekend. It’s expected other schools in the district will be operational on Monday. “
As a precaution, you can follow the below guidelines to protect yourself from the Coronavirus.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
- Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
- Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.