1. There are 7 forms of Coronavirus which can infect humans. Of the 7, 4 are associated with mild symptoms- the common cold- which most people in the world have been exposed to many times in their lives.
2.. The other 3 are rare: MERS, SARS, and the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
3.. There are NO suspected cases in Iowa and NO Iowan has been tested for Novel Coronavirus.
4.. When a person is tested for Novel Coronavirus, that sample is sent to the CDC in Atlanta and takes 48 hours to return. That person would be quarantined to their home during those 48 hours and Public Health would start a contact investigation.
5. As always, the best prevention is thorough, frequent handwashing, covering your cough and sneezes, and staying home when you are ill.