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District Health Department #4 gives an update on Coronavirus

ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena’s District Health Department Number Four is giving locals an update on Coronavirus.

The Health Department released a statement informing residents that symptoms of the illness are very similar to the flu. Both are upper respiratory infections that enter the body through the nose, mouth, and other mucus membranes. The sickness is known to cause fatigue, aches, fever, and other, more serious health conditions, such as pneumonia.

The virus cannont be killed with antibiotics, much like the flu. Detroit Metro Airport is one of 11 U.S. Airports that have increased monitoring of the disease, meaning people traveling from China may be rerouted to DTW for advanced screenings.

Some things you can do to protect yourself from the virus include frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the corner of your elbow, not your hands or into the air, avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth with unclean hands, and staying home from work or school if you feel sick.

The Department does want to remind residents that while emphasis placed on the new disease may seem threatening, the risk for developing coronavirus is low for citizens who have not recently traveled to china.