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DSHS: Risk of coronavirus spreading in Texas is low

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Texas Department of State Health Services reports the risk of the novel coronavirus spreading is low, after the first case in the state was confirmed by the CDC on Thursday. 

Experts are urging people to remain calm.  


"Most people do not have bad outcomes with regard to this and so the mortality rate remains relatively low as infections go," Dr. Richard Winn.

The patient who was diagnosed in San Antonio, remains under federally mandated quarantine. 


"The only concern would be is, if you've traveled to China within the last 14 days and you've developed symptoms of fever shortness of breath, or someone that you've been in close proximity with who has returned from China within the last 14 days and they also had those same symptoms, and now you're experiencing them. That's really the only way that you'll be able to catch this infection," Dr. Jacob Nichols said. 

The new strain of coronavirus now referred to as "COVID-19" has proven to be deadly, but most patients have mild symptoms, like the common cold. 

The people most at risk, are older or have compromised immune systems.

"They'll have something wrong with their immune system, they'll have cancer, they'll be old. They'll have lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, etc. those people are more risk of having mortality with anything that they get," Dr. Winn explained.

The virus is incredibly contagious in China and with a vaccine expected to take months to create, numbers are expected to rise, however experts here say there remains a larger threat to Americans right now, and it is preventable by vaccine.


"We're very worked up about this coronavirus and it is a very serious infection but realistically in the United States, we've had way more infections from influenza," Dr. Nichols said.

This year there have been 2100 deaths from the flu in the U.S.

Medical professionals advise following the same basic hygiene habits, such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you feel sick, to prevent the spread of all diseases.

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