The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to be a very serious public health threat. However, based on current information, the CDC and WHO have stated that the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. Nevertheless, the CDC is taking proactive preparedness steps and issued interim guidance for healthcare providers on infection control and prevention for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
As fire and EMS agencies consider how to best prepare for, and respond to, occurrences of the 2019-nCoV, all fire chiefs are encouraged to review the following materials.
The DHS National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) develops a daily monitoring list that contains brief summaries of acute biological events that impact human, animal, plant, and environmental health and may be of concern or interest to NBIC partners, including novel coronavirus, Ebola, etc. Please email CWMD.NBIC@hq.dhs.gov if you are interested in being added to their daily email distribution. Products will also be posted to HSIN-Intel as they are developed and released.
Please check back regularly as these materials will be updated when more information becomes available.