Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?

There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.

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1. What is the City of Weatherford doing?
2. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
5. How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
6. Is there a vaccine?
7. Is there a treatment?
8. What should I do if I think I may be infected with COVID-19?
9. What if I'm considering traveling?
10. Who is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19?
11. What if I don't have health insurance?
12. Is it okay for me to donate blood?
13. Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?
14. Does the CDC recommend the use of face masks to prevent COVID-19?
15. Why are people wearing masks?
16. Who should get tested?
17. I have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, what should I do?
18. Is quarantine different from isolation?
19. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
20. Who is at higher rick for serious illness from COVID-19?
21. Some of us are concerned about how to do our taxes without the senior center or the library. Do you have any solutions?
22. How do I know the information I’m receiving is accurate?
23. What are the CDC’s current guidelines on group gatherings?
24. Where can I find some information on Small Business Resources?
25. Where can I find information from WISD about COVID-19?
26. I'm feeling stress and anxiety about COVID-19, what can I do?
27. What businesses can continue doing business, with social distancing, from the Parker County Declaration?
28. What businesses that individuals cannot occupy or be permitted to occupy, from the Parker County Declaration?
29. What all was included in the First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency from Parker County?
30. Is the city issuing Peddler Permits (sometimes called Solicitors Permits) during COVID-19?
31. Will the police stop me while driving to work?
32. What if I don't have health insurance?
33. Can I go to the park?
34. Can I go for a walk or run in my neighborhood?
35. How can I clean and disinfect my surroundings and laundry?
36. What are good examples of times when I should wash my hands?
37. If I am sick, do I have to stay home?
38. What is community spread?
39. Can I call the state to ask more questions?
40. Where can businesses receive guidance in preventive health, sanitizing, etc?
41. Should I cancel my trip?