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2020 Coronavirus Outbreak – How Does It Effect Narberth, PA?

Recent news reports suggest the coronavirus outbreak in China could be a global health concern.

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak - How Does It Effect Narberth, PA?

Starting in January of 2020, news from China indicated a new illness was affecting the citizens of Wuhan City, China. A coronavirus, referred to by the World Health Organization officials as 2019-nCov, was causing severe illnesses among the population. Various unconfirmed videos on social media channels were indicating this outbreak was more severe than being reported. Towards the end of January, multiple quarantines and travel restrictions were in place in China Health authorities around the world and monitoring their populations for signs of infections. On January 30th, the World Health Organization declared this new coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  Also, on January 30th, the State Department issued a Level 4: Do No Travel advisory asking all citizens to avoid travel to China and those in the country to depart immediately.

Below are some common questions our neighbors in the Narberth, PA area are asking. This page will be kept up to date as best as possible but is not updated in real time.

For more information, please visit:

The CDC’s paged dedicated to this outbreak.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s page dedicated to this outbreak 

This page was lasted updated on 2/3/20

Are there any confirmed cases in Narberth, PA?

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States have been reported but are none in Narberth, PA, or in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Several people are being monitored in the Tri-State area but there are no confirmed infections at this time. Health officials are screening for the virus at the Philadelphia International Airport.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? How long do they take to appear?

Common symptoms of this coronavirus are much like the common cold, upper respiratory infection, or the flu and include:

  • Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Muscle Pain

However, unlike the flu or a cold, there is a higher chance for potential severe complications, including:

  • Fever of over 100.4F
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Death

Reports suggest that symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after infection. However, recent information indicates that those infected may not show any symptoms at all and still may be contagious.

Can I be tested for a 2019-nCov infection at AFC Urgent Care Narberth?

The CDC is the only facility that can test for this infection at this time.

Is there a vaccine for 2019-nCov?

There is no vaccine for this virus at this time, and this year’s flu vaccine will not protect you from it. A vaccine is being developed but it often takes months or years to complete research and testing.

How does someone become infected from 2019-nCov?

While this virus originated from a yet unidentified animal, person to person transmission is occurring.

I don’t feel well, and I have some of these symptoms. Am I infected? What are the risk factors for the 2019-nCov coronavirus?

At this time, chances are you are not. We are still in a horrible flu season, and you may just have a cold or are the flu. Unless you are at higher risk for an infection, you are unlikely to contract this virus.

The current risk factors to consider are:

  • Have you recently traveled from China (especially Wuhan City) in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had contact with anyone who has recently traveled from China in the last 14 days?

If the answer is yes to either one of these questions and you are showing symptoms, then please contact our urgent care center. Tell the receptionist at the front desk about your concern and your recent travel to China or contact with someone who recently returned. While walk-ins are always welcome, calling ahead allows us to prepare for your arrival and protect our staff, other patients, and the public health.

How can I prevent an infection from 2019-nCov?

Generally, follow the same rules you would to prevent catching the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your nose and mouth if you feel sick
  • Avoid touching surfaces and then your face

For additional protection

  • Cook food thoroughly
  • Avoid live animal markets
  • Wear a surgical mask

Is the coronavirus related to SARS or MERS? Why is it called 2019-nCov?

Yes, 2019-nCov is related to other human coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Both SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) are also both coronaviruses. Scientists say that this coronavirus is more related to SARS, which also originated in Asia, than it is MERS which was first detected in Saudi Arabia.

The name of this coronavirus is 2019-nCov at the moment due to changes in how new illnesses are named. 2019 represents the year it was detected, and nCov stands for “Novel Coronavirus,” as no one has seen this virus before. World Health Officials no longer give new illnesses names like Lyme Disease, named after a town, or Legionnaires Disease, named after a convention where it was first detected. These names can cause undue fear and misinformation. A new name may be decided for 2019-nCov, but it will likely reflect the symptoms it causes, the severity or seasonality.

AFC Urgent Care’s walk-in clinic will be keeping up to date with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Feel free to call our clinic if you have any questions or visit if you need medical care.


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