The interim name of the disease causing the current outbreak is “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease,” where “n” is for novel and “CoV” is for coronavirus.
Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV can be mild to severe, and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may appear two to 14 days after exposure. A 2019-nCoV vaccine isn’t currently available.
The WHO and CDC recommend that you take the usual precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Clean surfaces you often touch.
- Stay home from work, school and public areas if you’re sick.
Learn more: “Novel coronavirus: What is it and how can I protect myself?” Find other health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.