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The new Coronavirus

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News update 6 February: In January, a new coronavirus was identified in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, China. The symptoms of infection by this virus vary from minor problems such as a high temperature, a cough or muscular pain to severe forms of pneumonia.

The outbreak has mainly affected the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, but increasing numbers of cases are now being reported from other regions in China. Healthcare services in Region Stockholm are well prepared for dealing with anyone infected with the virus. Region Stockholm is monitoring the situation and adopting the recommendations of national and international organisations such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

If you have been in Hubei province or in other areas of China where coronavirus infection has been spreading, and if within 14 days of your departure from the area you develop a high temperature, a cough or shortness of breath, you should call 1177. You will then be referred to a healthcare provider for tests to check whether you have the virus.

News of this new virus has coincided with an increase in cases of the normal seasonal flu. The symptoms are very similar.

– If you develop a high temperature, a cough or shortness of breath and you haven’t been in China, you should stay at home and rest, says Per Follin, County Medical Officer at Region Stockholm. If you are having difficulty breathing or if you have a chronic illness, you can call 1177 for advice and help.

In Stockholm we travel a lot on public transport and are often in places where there are large numbers of people.

– As always during flu season, it’s a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after you’ve been outside, says Follin.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website has answers to questions such as:

  • Can the virus be transmitted during the incubation period?
  • What can I do to prevent infection?
  • What rules apply to quarantine in Sweden?
  • Can the coronavirus be transmitted to people via items such as letters and parcels?

Find out more about the new coronavirus on Region Stockholm’s website
Find out more about seasonal flu.

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