Bethlehem Health Bureau is actively monitoring the situation and working very closely with the PA Department of Health. There are currently 0 confirmed nor probable cases of Coronavirus in the City of Bethlehem. For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
  1. What is a novel coronavirus? 
A: Novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.
  1. What are the symptoms and complications that Novel Coronavirus 2019 can cause?
A: Current symptoms reported have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  1. How does the virus spread?
A: Previous coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.
  1. Has anyone in the United States been confirmed with Coronavirus?
A: Currently there are 5 confirmed cases in the USA (California, Arizona, and Illinois)
  1. How can I protect myself?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. CDC recommends everyday preventatives such as:
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if no water is available use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  1. Should I be tested for 2019-nCoV?
A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from Wuhan, China, or in close contact with someone who is under investigation for the 2019-nCoV you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel or close contact.
  1. Is there a vaccine?
A: Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against 2019-nCoV.