Iowa Department of Public Health stepping up coronavirus precautions

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is stepping up it's coronavirus precautions.

Public Health says those who've recently been to China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea should self-quarantine.

The Department says people who've returned from those counties, all hit hard by coronavirus, should stay home and look for possible symptoms for 14 days.

If they get sick they should seek medical care, but call ahead first to advise of their travel.

“We recognize staying at home for 14 days is an inconvenience, but it is an important way to limit the spread of a variety of illnesses, including COVID-19 (coronavirus)" says IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati.

Public Health says while there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa, experts predict there will eventually be community spread.

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