Coronavirus FAQ

What is the coronavirus?
- A coronavirus is a large classification of viruses. They are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold. The most common forms can cause mild to moderate illness in people, while other forms circulate among animals, including dogs, camels, cats, and bats.

- The COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that has not been seen in humans. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever and cough.

- The virus is spread through direct contact with someone who is infected, much like the flu.

- At this time, there are no anti-viral drugs or vaccines that can reduce the severity or spread of the illness.
Where is the coronavirus?
- At this time, the COVID-19 virus has been identified on six continents, with high concentrations in China, Iran, South Korea, and all of Europe.

- The World Health Organization declared the situation a “pandemic” on March 11.

Can I still travel?
- If you are planning to travel domestically or internationally, check with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control website to get the most up-to-date travel recommendations.
Will I get coronavirus in Wisconsin?
-The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends taking precautions when traveling including limiting traveling companions to members of your household, checking any local travel restrictions, and bringing masks and disinfectant with you. 

-A mask mandate is currently in effect in Milwaukee. In addition to masks, many Milwaukee businesses are operating with capacity restrictions and other COVID safety precautions. We recommend checking with the businesses you plan to patronize for any additional details.

- The CDC is advising against any non-essential travel, especially for older adults and people of any age with underlying immunosuppressant or respiratory conditions. For those who are traveling to Wisconsin, the CDC recommends travelers practice usual health precautions recommended for their destination.
- Travelers returning from travel should monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel.
How do I prevent myself from getting ill?
- Stay at home. Limit contact with other people .If you do venture out, keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and another person.

- Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

- Do not touch your face or eyes.

- Limit contact with anyone who has traveled to an area with an outbreak of the virus recently.

-Sanitize frequently touched surfaces often. 

- If you do become ill, feel feverish, or experience a cough, call your health care provider immediately and limit contact with people until further instruction from your doctor.
What local events have been cancelled or attractions are closed?
JS Online has a comprehensive list of event cancellations and attraction/restaurant closings.

-A complete list of convention cancelations can be found here.