NC Poison Control launches novel coronavirus hotline

Coronavirus

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina Poison Control said it is now answering calls on its novel coronavirus hotline.

Nurses and pharmacists will answer your questions about the virus at 1-866-462-3821.

The number is toll-free.

There have been two recorded deaths related to novel coronavirus in the U.S. as of early March 3 – both in Washington state.

The virus was first identified in Wuhan City, China and has spread to not just the U.S. but to parts of Europe and the Middle East.

More than 3,000 have died from the novel coronavirus worldwide.

“People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms like those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness,” North Carolina Poison Control said. “Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.”

How can you help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands. 

If you feel you have symptoms of the coronavirus, or could have been exposed, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Line at 1-866-462-3821

You can also visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirusfor more information.  

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