Ongoing Coronavirus response, February 18  

As we continue to respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health is committed to providing up-to-date information to King County employees. Below you’ll find links to our most recent blog posts, as well as travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 Planning for a novel coronavirus update: What you can do to prepare at home, at work and in the communit Our Public Health Insider blog features an interview with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, about how we can prepare at home, at work and in the community in case this virus becomes a pandemic. Read more here.

Travel Guidance from the CDC – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China at this time. It’s always a good idea for anyone planning travel to check the CDC’s travel notices on their website, regardless of the destination.

In addition to novel coronavirus, there are other infectious diseases and other health topics that travelers should be aware of and take precautions against wherever they are headed. Depending on the destination, travelers may need specific vaccines and take other steps to prevent illness and injury. That can be as simple as washing your hands frequently or using hand sanitizer or understanding the risks from contaminated food and water, or taking steps to avoid malaria and other mosquito-borne infections. And there are some places that the CDC recommends avoiding for travel. You can look up your destination on the CDC’s website and it will tell you the health information you need to know.