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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and how to protect yourself

Published Friday March 13 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and how to protect yourself


The latest information from the Luxembourg Government on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

What is Coronavirus?

•Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.

•A novel (new) coronavirus is a type of coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

•2019 novel coronavirus is a new type of coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (which affects breathing) called COVID-19.

•COVID-19 infections have now been reported in many countries including the United States. For an updated list of affected areas, visit


What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

•Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of breath.

•Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. People who are at most risk for severe illness are those who have other health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

•The virus is likely to be spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


Who is Most at Risk for Coronavirus?

•People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

How Can I Protect Others and Myself from Coronavirus?


•Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

•Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

•Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump.

•Monitor your heath more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms. 

What Should I do if I Feel Sick?

•Stay home and call your doctor if you have cold or flu symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat.

•If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, seek care from your doctor.

•Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

The San Francisco Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves.

•If you need help getting medical care, call 311.

•San Francisco will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

•Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status.

•If you are sick, stay home

.•If you have chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system, avoid unnecessary events and gatherings.

•San Francisco has restricted large events, to find out the most current press releases from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office please visit

What Else Can I Do?

•Help reduce overcrowding.

•Consider telecommuting where possible. Private-sector employers should consider allowing employees to telecommute if the job allows.

•San Francisco asks that you avoid public transportation during time in order to contain Covid19

.•If you have family or friends who have a chronic health condition, do not visit them if you feel sick

What Should I Do about Harassment or Discrimination Related to Coronavirus?

•It is important to separate facts from fear and guard against stigma; a lot of information circulating about coronavirus on social media and in some news reporting is not based in the facts.

 •Support your friends, neighbors and colleagues by sharing this fact sheet to counter misinformation. Obtain information from trusted sources like the San Francisco Health Department

•If you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities, call 311 to report discrimination or harassment to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

•In California you can speak with a Warm Line counselor, and can call or text (855) 845-7415 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays from 7 a.m.  to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• For San Francisco Mental Health Services and many useful phone numbers for those of you needing phone counceling:

Where Can I Get More Information?

For additional information and latest update in the City of San Francisco :

For official updates about the coronavirus in San Francisco text COVID19SF to 888-777. Check your wireless provider plan for details.

•Visit  for additional resources

•San Francisco Department of Public Health

For information and latest update in LUXEMBOURG:

Coronavirus – Consultéiert weg. d’Websäit vun der Regierung  fir nëtzlech Informatiounen zum Coronavirus, inklusiv déi preventiv Moossnamen déi ze respektéiere sinn.

Coronavirus – Veuillez consulter le site web du gouvernement   pour des informations utiles sur le coronavirus, y inclus les mesures de prévention qui sont à respecter.

Coronavirus – Please consult the website of the government for useful information regarding the coronavirus, including preventive measures that are to be respected.

Coronavirus – Bitte erkundigen Sie sich auf der Webseite der Regierung  über nützliche Informationen zum Coronavirus, einschließlich der Vorbeugungsmaßnahmen die zu respektieren sind.