Information about coronavirus

Updated March 9, 2020

Overview

Fallon Health Weinberg is monitoring public health developments and guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low for most people. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States

Preventing illness

You should take many of the same steps you likely already do to help prevent getting sick, including:

  • Washing hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying home from work when you feel sick
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is ill

Because we are in the midst of seasonal cold and flu season, it is important to remember that the risk of exposure to seasonal influenza is a far greater concern than coronavirus at this time. It is recommended that you get a flu shot, if you have not yet received one. 

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should contact your primary care provider.

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Headaches or body aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

For more information

For the latest information on coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website or the New York State Department of Health Website.