Coronavirus

I want to be sure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.

Illinois' Coronavirus Updates

Symptoms 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and start to feel ill, call your doctor.

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Prevention 
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Travel Warnings  
CDC recommends that travelers avoiding all travel internationally.

If you are currently out of the country and trying to return, please CONTACT ME HERE or call my office at 202-225-2111. The State Department also asks that you register at State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to be connected with local embassy officials.

Further Information 
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is monitoring closely the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and developing guidance to prepare communities to respond. They can be reached at 312-746-4835.

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is coordinating with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other local and regional public health partners, hospitals and emergency response agencies, regarding suspect cases, situational awareness, and guidance for healthcare providers, travelers, Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), and the general public. They can be reached at 708-633-4000

The Illinois Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here. They can be reached at 1-800-889-3931.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories.​

The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (773) 506-7100. 

More on Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D.

March 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, U.S.

March 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, was joined by Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and several advocates from the Lower Drug Prices Now coalition to call on the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to protect public health and take steps to ensure that any 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine or treatment developed with the help of taxpayer-funded research is affordable and acces

March 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a statement on Congress’ approval of a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fully address the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Americans from this public health crisis:

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