On January 31, 2020, the United States (US) issued a public health emergency for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a new virus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. This comes on the heels of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency. The disease now called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is a new type of coronavirus without a vaccine or medications to prevent or treat it, has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases and hundreds of deaths in China. This human respiratory illness is moving quickly with cases reported in a number of other countries and continents. In the US, while the number of confirmed cases are currently low, safety measures are being enacted to keep the risk of transmission low. As ongoing investigations seek to learn more about this infection, US public health agencies have dedicated coronavirus sites. They actively update these sites as new information becomes available and communicate up-to-date guidance. 


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