EHA Coronavirus Updates

What is the novel coronavirus?

Novel (meaning “new”) coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019.  Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people.

What are the symptoms?

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.  Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus?

If you are traveling overseas (to China, but also to other places) follow the CDC’s guidance at

The steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • ​Wash hands often with soap and water.  If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing


Hackensack Meridian Health is here to help make it easy to seek care in the most convenient manner.

Worried about coronavirus?

Telemedicine can help.

For a limited time, New Jersey residents can schedule online visits at for just $20 when you use promo code HMH20. Or if you’re 65+, use promo code HMHFREE for a free consult.

With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important to seek the right care at the right place.

Hackensack Meridian Health is here to help make it easy to seek care in the most convenient manner.

With our Convenient Care NOW mobile app, you can have a visit with a board-certified physician on your phone, your tablet or your computer. There’s no need to leave your house and risk further exposure.

The doctors follow the latest CDC guidelines with COVID-19. We, along with the CDC, recommend that patients at risk for COVID-19 who are not yet showing symptoms or have mild symptoms be evaluated virtually before going to an urgent care facility, doctor’s office or emergency department.

You can learn more about your risk and the symptoms of COVID-19 by checking out the CDC web site.