A new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China has spread to other countries in Asia and now to the United States. The virus, known currently as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has five confirmed cases in the U.S. including one Chicago-area resident.
Coronaviruses like this are part of a group of viruses that may lead to lung illness, with symptoms that at first are similar to those of the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms associated with cases of the new virus have included fever, cough and trouble breathing. The CDC says the immediate risk to the American public is low at this time. However, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms and take steps to prevent further outbreak of the virus.