Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in a number of people worldwide, primarily in China. A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. Symptoms for this novel coronavirus, also referred to as 2019-nCoV, can include fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Most people who were first diagnosed with this infection reported exposure to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China. Recently, people with this infection did not report contact with this market. This means that person-to-person spread is occurring.

At this time, the risk to New Yorkers is low.

Medical providers, please see the NYC DOH Novel Respiratory Virus page for valuable information and resources.

last updated: January 30, 2020

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