The Westport Weston Health District is actively monitoring the Coronavirus situation and is prepared to work closely with the State Health Department and CDC to contain it should the virus be found in Connecticut. Although a few cases have been identified in several countries, including the USA, currently the majority of cases and primary concern is in China. Right now the world-wide focus is in getting the situation under control in China and preventing the virus from spreading, which is why the World Health Organization has so far decided against declaring a global health emergency.
To prevent the spread of the virus in the US, the CDC began entry screening of thousands of passengers at airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – the U.S. airports that receive most travelers from Wuhan, China.
The current risk to the average person in the United States is deemed to be “low”, however it has been confirmed that there can be limited person-to-person spread of the virus, probably through tiny droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It is spread the same way and with similar symptoms as the seasonal flu including fever, cough, and trouble breathing.
The Health District recommends people continue to take the usual precautions to avoid exposure to all virus, including the seasonal flu that include frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, staying home when you don’t feel well and staying away from those who are ill.
Mark A.R. Cooper, Director of Health
Westport Weston Health District