MILLBURN, NJ — In a post on the township website, the Millburn Health Department shared information from the NJ Department of Health and the CDC on the recent reported outbreak of coronavirus.

coronavirus may spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching and object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
  • In rare cases, contact with feces

According to the health department, people infected have had illness that has ranged from mild (like a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires medical care in a hospital. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.

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As far as symptoms go, those diagnosed with novel coronavirus so far have symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

While the disease has shown signs of a widespread outbreak in Wuhan, China, at this time the risk in the U.S. to the general public is low, with only a small number of cases being reported stateside.

Here are some of the steps you can take to help prevent the flu, common cold and coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are and avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 

Currently there are no vaccines to prevent novel coronavirus infections. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting and taking pain and fever medications. However, some people may develop pneumonia and need medical treatment in a hospital setting. 

More information on novel coronavirus can be found on the CDC website and in the following information sheet from NJDOH (PDF).