Kansas City, MO - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has begun to spread quickly across the US, popping up in ones and twos, and in larger groupings of people.
COVID-19 has now appeared in the KC Metro for the first time. So, what do we all do now? The Kansas Department of Health has put together a coronavirus resource center on its website, and we'll look into those helpful tips further below.
Overseas, from its beginning in China, we've seen this coronavirus explode in countries like South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy.
And while the global fatality rate for this coronavirus is around 3.4%, it is less than its cousin viruses SARS (2002) and MERS (2012), 10% and 35% respectively.
Here is a great web tool to track and map where COVID-19 has spread. FYI the numbers may increase faster than the tracker map can count.
A Johnson County woman, under the age of 50, who had recently traveled in the Northeast US was the first reported case in the state of Kansas. And there's most certainly to be more.
Health officials say the woman took appropriate action when she began showing symptoms - isolating herself, and calling her doctor's office first, before going in to be checked out. She remained in self-isolation at home for a time. Then on Monday, doctors with the University of Kansas Health System said she was now admitted to KU Hospital, and briefed the public on their actions:
The CDC guidelines can be sometimes difficult to navigate on the website. There's a lot there.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has put together some simple, yet thorough, guidelines, including some FAQ about the new virus disease that everyone can use.
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In this age of social media memes and more, there's a lot of misinformation that can be spread rapidly about COVID-19. The Kansas City Health Department is urging folks to get the facts, and only deal with the facts around the coronavirus.
And if you have questions about COVID-19, the KDHE has a hotline to call.