Learn about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what the U.S. government is doing in response.
What is the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how is it spread?
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. Its symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is believed to spread like the flu when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What are U.S. federal agencies doing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Federal agencies are working to limit the spread of the virus in the U.S. and to develop effective treatments for it.
The Department of Health and Human Services declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. This gives state, tribal, and local health departments more flexibility in responding.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying the virus. Visit their 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page to learn:
How the CDC is monitoring the spread of the virus in the U.S. and globally
The latest coronavirus news, including maps showing confirmed cases worldwide
What you can do to prevent the virus and what to do if you think you might be infected
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the medical industry to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests.
What do travelers need to know about the coronavirus?
The State Department has issued travel advisories for China, warning people not to go there. They recommend that all Americans in China leave the country.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rerouting all flights returning to the U.S. from China to specific airports. Upon arrival, travelers from Wuhan and surrounding areas will undergo medical screening. If they show signs of infection, they may be transferred to a hospital. Otherwise, they will be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days.
The CDC has also issued guidance for people traveling to and from China.