Well by now we have all heard of the Coronavirus. There has been a reported case of a veteran getting the virus. We should do everything we can to understand and stay safe.

Here is some information put out by the VA.

Know the symptoms

The new virus causes respiratory illness in humans, usually 2–14 days after exposure. Illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is thought to spread mainly from close contact with an affected person. It spreads in the air, like flu, and through droplets from sneezes and coughs. The droplets can stay suspended in the air and can land on surfaces that are touched by others.

Understand your risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health threat, but individual risk is dependent upon exposure. For the general American public–those who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time–the immediate health risk is low.

Here is a link from the VA website with more details:


And a link for VA Portland: