Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously seen in humans. The disease, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person.
People have been diagnosed with this novel coronavirus in New York City (see up-to-date case count). New York City is seeing “community transmission,” meaning the source of the infection is unknown.
There are no specific vaccines or treatments available for this novel coronavirus, or any other coronavirus. However, medication and vaccine research is underway.
If you are planning any travel outside the U.S., visit CDC's Travelers' Health webpage for the latest travel notices.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough or shortness of breath. An infection can result in death, but that is a rare outcome. Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. People who are at most risk for severe illness are those who have health conditions including:
As of March 2020, the Health Department recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:
If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath and traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or you have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your health care provider. Your provider will work with the Health Department to determine if you need testing.
If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.