The deadly and contagious “Coronavirus”, which originated in China, now has two confirmed cases in the United States, and one possible case 140 miles west of Jasper in College Station, where a 24-year-old male student at Texas A&M has symptoms after a recent visit to China.

National news outlets have been reporting the Texas A&M student has the virus, however, KJAS has checked with both The Eagle newspaper in Bryan and KBTX News in Bryan and they say that the student is still suspected of having the virus, but it is not yet a confirmed case.

A case has been confirmed in Chicago, Illinois where a 60-year-old woman also recently visited China and returned to the USA infected with the disease.

And now word has come out of Seattle, Washington on Friday that a man in his 30’s, who also traveled to China, came back with Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, more cases have been diagnosed in France.

The following information about Coronavirus is from the CDC website:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. More about 2019 Novel Coronavirus”.

SYMPTOMS

~Runny nose

~Headache

~Cough

~Sore throat

~Fever

~General feeling of being unwell

TRANSMISSION

~The air by coughing and sneezing

~Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

~Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

~Rarely, fecal contamination

PREVENTION

~Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

~Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

~Avoid close contact with people who are sick

~Stay home while you are sick

~Avoid close contact with others

~Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands

~Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

TREATMENT

~Take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give Aspirin to children)

~Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

~Drink plenty of liquids

~Stay home and rest

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