So you’re not feeling well, and afraid you might be infected with the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19. Given that the United States is now beginning to test widely for the disease, and cases are popping up, that might be a reasonable suspicion.
Nonetheless, the overall risk to the general public from Covid-19 is still low, according to top officials at the Health and Human Services Department. Most people are unlikely to become infected. Even in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated, less than 1 percent of the population has reported infections. And of those infected, the vast majority are expected to recover.
Still, you may have been exposed if you have traveled to a region with novel coronavirus transmission or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19.