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The CDC is currently not testing every individual returning from travel in China and there should be no restrictions on individuals who are asymptomatic.
The CDC has not made any recommendations that travelers need to wear masks in an effort to prevent exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus. 1/27/2020 CDC recommends avoid non-essential travel to Wuhan, China; transportation is closed in and out of Wuhan (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). Level 2 for rest of China – avoid contact with sick people, avoid animals (dead/alive) & animal markets, and wash hands often.
If a coworker was diagnosed with coronavirus, it is most likely the common seasonal coronavirus, not the novel virus identified in China which can only be identified at the CDC. Seasonal coronaviruses are spread like any other respiratory illness so precautions like hand hygiene, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, staying home when sick, and avoiding sick people are thing individuals can do to prevent illness.
People who are not showing any symptoms of 2019-nCoV are not restricted from attending school or work.
As with any seasonal respiratory illness, routine cleaning is effective. Routine cleaning products are fine, bleach is not necessary.
Here in New Jersey, eating Chinese food does not create any additional risk to being infected with this virus.
Yes, it is safe to enjoy a visit to Chinatown in your favorite local city.
Coronaviruses do not live very long on surfaces, so it is considered to be very low risk to become infected by handling a package from China. There have been no evidence to support the spread of the virus through imported goods.
There is little need for the general public to wear face masks in the U.S. currently as the threat level is low. But for people who are in close contact with an infected person, a mask may be helpful if used properly. They are not 100% effective as the virus can enter through the sides of the mask or enter the body through the eyes. Health care workers should follow all infection control guidance when caring for patients who are suspected or confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV.