Health officials around the country are continuing to monitor and respond to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Cases have been identified globally, including within the United States. Coronaviruses are not a new family of viruses and are common in different species of animals. In humans, there are multiple strains that can cause mild respiratory symptoms or even the common cold. The incubation period lasts 2-14 days, and the symptoms associated with COVID-19 include mild-to-severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Spread in the absence of symptoms is possible, but those who are symptomatic are the most contagious.

Preparedness is key. The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports ongoing efforts to address and prevent the community spread of COVID-19 along with the rapid development and identification of solutions to protect nurses, healthcare teams and the public. As the situation rapidly evolves, ANA will continue to closely monitor the outbreak.

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