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2019 Novel Coronavirus

NYMC Media Experts on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Robert Amler, M.D.  
Vice President for Government Affairs and Dean, NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice, and Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Environmental Health Science, NYMC




Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Senior Fellow for Center for Disaster Medicine, NYMC; Health Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Health
Director and Medical Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine - Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters, NYMC
Marc Youssef El Khoury, M.D.  
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, NYMC School of Medicine; Associate Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Westchester Medical Center

Recently, a new strain of coronavirus--the 2019 Novel Coronavirus--was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This strain, which has not been previously found in humans, can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in China. In the past week, additional cases have been identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States.

The following are key facts, identifying symptoms and recommendations related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with an expert at New York Medical College (NYMC) on this topic, please contact the Office of Public Relations at (914) 594-4536. 

The following information provides important health information for those who have recently traveled to China, and information about Coronavirus symptoms, treatment and prevention: 


Important Health Information for Those Who Have Recently Traveled to China: 

If you recently traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, or you develop symptoms, you should: 

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home if you're ill and isolate yourself from roommates, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 


Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include: 

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever 

How Does 2019 Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. It is known to spread from animals to humans, and it also may be spread from person to person. It's not clear yet how easily Novel (New) Coronavirus spreads from person-to-person. It's important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. 


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. To reduce your risk of infection: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 


There is no specific treatment available for any coronavirus. People infected with coronavirus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms 

What to do if you have recently traveled to Wuhan China and become sick?

  • Students on the NYMC campus should contact the Health Services Office at (914) 594-4234. 
  • Faculty and staff should contact the Family Health Center at (914) 828-0435 or their primary care doctor.

Additional Resources

2019 Novel Coronavirus Media Experts in the News:

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A.

Sherlita Amler, M.D., M.S.

  • Westchester Health Department Prepares For Coronavirus. Patch
  • Coronavirus: Four people in New York being tested for virus as China races to contain outbreak. LoHud.com
  • The Wulan coronavirus is now found on doorknobs, another reason that washing your hands is better than waering a mask. Business Insider

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.B.A.

Touro College

  • Coronavirus is a public health emergency, but here's why the flu should worry you much more.  Pix11