Indiana Department of Health is addressing the coronavirus

Coronavirus Watch

Indiana (WEHT) The Indiana State Department of Health says while there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, they are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the situation.

Health officials say one Hoosier who recently traveled to China is on self-quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines. That individual is not symptomatic, and all appropriate measures are being taken.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into 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 and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 5, 2020)

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