In recent weeks, the coronavirus has spread from the Wuhan area of China to several countries, including the U.S. As with all cases of emerging infectious diseases, we want our members to be informed and up-to-date on any developments taking place with the disease while following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control.
Coronavirus is a member of the same family of viruses that causes colds. This new coronavirus came from the Wuhan area of China. Several countries, including the U.S., have begun limited screening for travelers that might have the infection. As of today, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand have reported cases of coronavirus. So far, there has been just five confirmed case of coronavirus in the U.S.
If you or someone you’ve been close to has recently traveled to China and you have concerns about the virus, please contact us at 1-800-777-7904 before going to a medical center, urgent care center, or emergency room. It is important to call us first, so our staff can evaluate if they feel you need to be seen by a physician. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include a fever, cough, and respiratory difficulty.
Your health and safety are always a top concern at Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians and other caregivers are asking patients with a fever and other symptoms about their recent travel to China and/or exposure to someone who has traveled to China. Those who have symptoms and have traveled to China will be isolated until their evaluation is complete.
Coronavirus does not appear to be highly contagious or severe, but it is still unknown if the virus can progress to pneumonia. And as we learn more about the virus, we will learn more about how it spreads.
As a reminder, if you or a family member have traveled recently to an area of risk and have symptoms of respiratory illness, you should call the appointment and advice line at 1-800-777-7904 for further instructions.
For up-to-date information about coronavirus, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html