Human coronaviruses (CoV)have long been regarded as relatively benign causes of the common cold. In recent years, however, new highly pathogenic CoV emerged.
Even though a local resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection, the risk of infection from novel coronavirus is low to the general public.
Officials are following up on 16 local individuals who were exposed to the Snohomish County resident who contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, answers questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus and what we might expect.
The man arrived in Snohomish County after traveling from Wuhan City, China, where an outbreak of of the virus, 2019-nCoV, has been underway since December.