NYU Langone is actively responding to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Find information and news from our physicians and researchers.
COVID-19 Podcast: Everything You Need to Know
Get the latest information on COVID-19 from our experts on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio.
Recent episodes include the following:
- What Is COVID-19? What Are the Symptoms?
- Emergency Medicine Doctors Address Common COVID-19 Concerns
- Advice for Home Schooling from Child Psychiatrists
- How Doctors Are Protecting Patients
- Coronavirus and the Impact on Everyday Life: A Discussion with a Caller from Italy
You can also call 1-877-40-COVID (1-877-402-6843), our 24/7 hotline for COVID-19 information, to hear our experts’ answers to frequently asked questions—and to leave us a message with a question of your own.
Fast Facts on COVID-19
What we know about COVID-19 is evolving every day. Most experts agree on the following facts:
- COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China late in 2019.
- It is part of the family of viruses that cause the common cold.
- Most people infected by COVID-19 have minor cold symptoms or may not have any symptoms at all.
- Significant illness presents like pneumonia with a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Older adults and people with preexisting conditions like lung disease, diabetes, and heart disease are most likely to be severely affected.
- Transmission is mainly droplet based, so it is most contagious when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes on another person.
For additional information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Preventing Respiratory Illness
“If you’re healthy, remember that prevention is key,” says Michael S. Phillips, MD, chief hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone.
- Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hands, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- The type of hand soap is not as important as being thorough. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Practice social distancing by staying home, and by maintaining physical space in public. In particular, if you are within 3 to 6 feet of someone who is coughing, take a step back and limit physical contact with that person.
- There is no need to wear a face mask if you are symptom-free.
“These simple measures will go a long way in preventing infections in both yourself and those around you,” adds Dr. Phillips.
When and How to Seek Medical Care
“People who have typical cold symptoms such as runny nose and congestion without a fever don’t need to see the doctor. As with a cold, they should stay at home until they’re no longer sick,” explains Jennifer L. Lighter, MD, pediatric infectious disease expert and hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone.
For worsening cold symptoms including fever or muscle aches and pains, we recommend that you stay home and speak with one of our care providers using NYU Langone’s Virtual Urgent Care. Appointments are available seven days a week, and you can see a doctor right from your mobile device, without having to leave home. Urgent care and emergency locations are often busy and crowded.
If you are a current patient at NYU Langone Health, you can also schedule a video visit with your doctor. Call your doctor’s office to schedule a video visit instead of an in-office appointment. We will offer online scheduling for video visits in the near future.
When to Seek Emergency Care
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should seek medical care quickly.
- If your doctor or medical care provider is available by phone, call them right away, or go to the nearest emergency department.
- Wear a face mask, if you have one.
“Don’t delay seeking care, including going to the nearest emergency department—ideally with a face mask on—if you have these symptoms,” Dr. Phillips says.
Updates and Alerts for Our Patients
At NYU Langone, we are taking every precaution to keep our patients, visitors, and staff safe. Please check our alerts regularly for the latest information.
To ensure the safest environment possible, we have updated the patient and visitor policies for all of our locations. As this situation is evolving, check back for updates before each visit with us.
More COVID-19 News from Our Experts
Learn more about COVID-19 from NYU Langone experts in the media.
- Health: Lost Sense of Smell May Be a Symptom of Coronavirus, According to Experts
- New York Post: Hero of the Day: This Brooklyn Nurse Is Making Miracles Happen amid Coronavirus Crisis
- CBS New York: How to Handle Packages? Why the Spike in Cases? Answering Your Frequent Coronavirus Questions
- NBC News: Telehealth and Telemedicine for Coronavirus: What It Is and How to Use It Now
- The Washington Post: Coronavirus Looks Different in Kids Than in Adults
For media inquiries related to COVID-19, please call 212-404-3500 or email