Emanate Health’s specially trained team of infection control specialists and physicians are closely monitoring for the novel (new) coronavirus in our community of San Gabriel Valley and the Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire regions. As your health system, our emergency departments at Queen of the Valley, Foothill Presbyterian and Inter-Community hospitals are prepared to immediately treat the novel (new) coronavirus.
All of our patients are being screened based on their symptoms, possible exposure and travel history. Our priority is to keep our San Gabriel community healthy.
To learn more about the novel (new) coronavirus, please hear from our Emanate Health physicians directly through the news interviews and videos posted on this page below. As we are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on this matter, we also encourage you to read their frequently asked questions and answers.
- What is a coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans.
- Who gets coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are normally found in animals but can be spread to humans. Some coronaviruses are also spread from person to person. Recently, hundreds of cases of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus in Wuhan City have been identified.
- How is coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- coughing and sneezing
- close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- rarely, fecal contamination
People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.
- What are the symptoms of disease? Symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe illness
Complications and outcomes of this virus are still being investigated.
- How is novel coronavirus treated?
There is no specific treatment for illness caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment will be based on the patient’s condition. There is no vaccine for novel coronavirus.
- How can I protect myself when I travel?
Novel coronavirus infection is rare. Activities that can prevent the spread of more common respiratory infections, like the flu, can be effective at preventing the spread of novel coronavirus. This includes washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and limit close contact with people who are sick.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please visit our emergency departments by checking in here.
If this is a life- or limb-threatening emergency, please call 911.
For more information:
Emanate Health Physicians in the news:
San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Plans and outreach efforts over coronavirus concerns in place, health officials say
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Plans and outreach efforts over coronavirus concerns in place, health officials say
San Bernardino Sun: Plans and outreach efforts over coronavirus concerns in place, health officials say
Press Enterprise: Plans and outreach efforts over coronavirus concerns in place, health officials say
KCBS/KCAL Channels 2 and 9: Doctor Talk Plans for Arriving Wuhan Patients
KABC Channel 7: Coronavirus raises concerns about LA-area Lunar New Year celebrations
Spectrum News 1: SoCal ER's Brace for Possible Influx of Coronvavirus Victims