Police officers and medical workers outside an apartment building in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, where two residents were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus. Officials have put into quarantine dozens of residents of the apartment building after the two people, who live on different floors, were found to be infected, authorities said on Tuesday. (Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times)

Coronavirus: Indiana monitoring individual who recently traveled to China

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The traveler, who has not been identified by gender or age, is not showing any signs of illness at this time, Wayne County Health Department officials said in a prepared statement issued Tuesday. 

The individual will be monitored daily for 14 days for symptoms of novel coronavirus, Dr. David Jetmore, county health officer, said in the statement. 

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said the risk of widespread transmission of disease in the United States is low. 

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"The risk of contracting the flu is much greater than any risk from novel coronavirus in our county, but we are taking every step possible to ensure that our community stays healthy," Dr. Jetmore said.

Like influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing or 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
  • 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 at leas 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

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