What you Need to Know about the Novel Cornonavirus

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes symptoms, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus has been identified in China.

Currently the risk of exposure is low in the U.S. and here in Sonoma County.

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How Is It Spread?

CoughingThrough coughing and sneezing

hand holdingClose personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

wash handsAlways wash your hands after touching objects or surfaces before touching your mouth, nose to prevent the spread of viruses and germs

learnBecause novel coronavirus is new, we are learning more each day about how it spreads

travelIf you develop a fever and cough or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel to or residence in China, avoid contact with others and follow the instructions given to you by your local health department or contact your medical provider for further guidance. If you need to seek emergency care, call 911 or the emergency room ahead of time and tell the dispatcher or emergency room about your travel history.

What Are The Symptoms?


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficultly Berating
  • Sever Illness

How Can I Protect Myself?

Everyday preventive actions

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home and don't travel while you are sick, unless you need medical attention
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular cleaning spray or wipes

Travelers going outside the US

  • Continue to use preventive actions
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • On February 2, 2020, the U.S. State Department issued a DO NOT  travel advisory to China.

Contact Information

Disease Control Unit

Public Health Division

Health Services

Contact us by Phone

Public Health Division

625 5th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.441691, -122.713746

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