Recently, a new coronavirus—2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. As of February 1, there has been one confirmed case of this novel coronavirus in Massachusetts.
The risk to residents in Massachusetts remains low.
Although the risk of the coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.