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Novel Coronavirus Recently Detected

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Another case of a new coronavirus, causing acute respiratory syndrome, has been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). The first case occurred in June in Saudi Arabia, while the most recent case was reported in September when a person from Qatar was infected after traveling to Saudi Arabia.

Travel insurance can cover travelers for unexpected illnesses like these under the emergency medical and medical evacuation benefits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, public health authorities are closely monitoring respiratory illnesses to find out if there are other cases of this new coronavirus in addition to the two cases reported so far. A coronavirus is also what caused the SARS epidemic in 2003.

Although little is known about how the virus spreads, the CDC recommends travelers take these precautions to help prevent the spread of germs and protect against illnesses:

1. Wash hands often or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay up to date with shots, and get any additional shots at least 4-6 weeks before travel
5. Persons who develop acute respiratory illness within 10 days after returning from Saudi Arabia or Qatar should consult a physician and mention their recent travel

For more information on the respiratory illness associated with this new coronavirus, visit the CDC here.