REDDING, Calif. - Amid growing concerns of the coronavirus, health officials in Shasta County are advising the public to be on alert.
“What we don’t want people to do is overreact or underreact,” said Tim Mapes, a community education specialist with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.
“We think it's something that the public should be aware of.”
Just like any disease, the coronavirus can have its own set of complications.
“We do know that this virus, as well as the regular flu, can have serious complications,” said Mapes.
Numbers from the California Department of Public Health Reveal, in 2019 there have been close to 450 flu-related deaths and 125 outbreaks. The CDPH reports, there are 53 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and one confirmed death in California.
“I’m not afraid of it, but I do think we're going to see more of it,” said EC Chambers, a resident of Lake California. “I do like the precautions that are being taken and I think it’s going to save lives in the end.”
“I’m a little nervous but I think if we keep an eye out on washing our hands and not touching our faces then we’ll be okay,” said Redding resident Heather Schmidt.
Action News Now spoke to several people in Redding who feel the disease is being made too big of a deal.
“I think it's a little over-exaggerated right now,” said Rocky Hamblock of Redding. “Everybody gets the flu and we always have deaths from the flu, I think they're making it a bigger deal than it is.”
But officials still recommending staying home to prevent the spread of any other sickness.
“If you're sick, no matter what is, try to stay home from work,” said Mapes. “Keep your kids home from school if you can.”