Novel CoronaVirus - COVID 19



The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

In addition, avoid travel to China. It is not recommended that the general public use facemasks.

San Antonio Metro Health has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English & Spanish. To ask your questions: call 210.207.5779 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.