Coronavirus, Travel and the Changing Situation

With the first reported cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, many people have questions about the risk of catching an infectious disease from travel. A frequent global traveler poses questions to Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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Why the current exposure risk is low from novel coronavirus

This blog was updated on 1/29/20 to reflect new guidance that travelers from any region in China should watch for symptoms in the 14 days after their return. On January 21, Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. in a resident of Snohomish County who had […]

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Who is most susceptible to heat? It could be YOU!

Temperatures this week are expected to rise into the low 90s, with some humidity. To my friends in Los Angeles and New Mexico, that’s scarcely hot enough to raise an eyebrow. But here in King County, most people don’t have air conditioning, so our local emergency departments see an uptick of people with serious health […]

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Dr. Duchin: What you should know about acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

Recent news reports of acute flaccid myelitis in Washington state (and nationally) have caught the attention of worried parents. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County, weighs in on the risk and clarifies some of the confusing details. Q:  What is acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)? A: AFM is a rare […]

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