Update from NYC Health Commissioner Barbot on Coronavirus

Update from NYC Health Commissioner Barbot on Coronavirus


Hi, I’m Dr. Oxiris Barbot, and I’m New York
City’s doctor. As Health Commissioner, I want to let you
know that we have no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, what we’re now calling COVID-19,
in New York City. Community transmission, or the spread of the
virus from person to person, in other countries around the world, has raised our level of
concern. But rest assured, we are employing all the
tools at our disposal to keep New Yorkers healthy. Wondering what you can do, here’s what we
recommend for all New Yorkers. Wash your hands frequently. Hand washing for 20 seconds can help stop
the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Also, avoid touching your face. And, if you’ve got to cough or sneeze, do
it into your sleeve. Do it into your sleeve, and not into your
hands. If you’re feeling sick with a cold or flu-like
symptoms, and you’ve traveled to places like China or other places that have ongoing coronavirus
activity, stay home, call your doctor — same thing goes for your kids. We need New Yorkers to stay vigilant against
the threat of coronavirus. Stay tuned for more updates, we’ll be sure
to get right back to you. But remember New Yorkers, we’re in this together.

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