Worry about flu, not coronavirus, Va. doctor says

February 5, 2020

The head of infectious diseases at a Virginia healthcare facility said recently that people should be more concerned about getting the flu from their neighbors than catching a new coronavirus from China, according to an article on The Roanoke Times website.

Since the start of the flu season, the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke has treated about 2,170 patients with influenza, 551 of them during the week of Jan. 19. Three Carilion patients died from influenza.

There have been no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Virginia.

But Virginia Tech said it may have students who fall within the 14-day window of travel.

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