Don't panic: That is a physician’s advice about the coronavirus that has spread from China to other countries around the globe.
A coronavirus causes infection in your nose, throat or sinuses.
According to Web MD, most coronaviruses are not dangerous but China is battling a major outbreak that investigators have traced to Wuhan, China.
In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed five cases as of Monday, January 27.
"The number of cases in the U.S. has been confirmed to five, and that number will grow," predicts Dr. Bret Nicks, a spokesman for Christian Medical Association. "But when we keep in mind, influenza, another virus that we see each year, according to CDC has at least 15 million cases thus far this year, 140,000 hospitalizations, and more than 8,000 deaths."
So what should people do at this point?
"I think exercising caution makes perfect sense," says Dr. Nicks. "The reality of this is whether it's a cold, whether it's a flu, or whether this is the coronavirus coming from Wuhan, the same things hold true: wash your hands, keeping a distance from people who are ill, making sure that you don't touch your hands to your face on a routine basis.”
Most importantly, he adds, a fever, cough, or shortness of breath should trigger a trip to your primary physician and advise them – before you go – if your recent travel is concerning.
"The CDC takes this very seriously, because any episode like this can cause a substantial outbreak,” the doctor advises, “(but) at this point in time, it has been very, very small in numbers, although it's also very early in the process."