The latest outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has killed hundreds of people and infected tens of thousands around the world. The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in central China during December 2019, and has spread rapidly since then, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a global emergency. Although the virus probably originated from an animal source, according to experts, it can be transmitted by humans.
The symptoms of coronavirus include cough, fever, sneeze, headache, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may surface within a few two days or even up to 14 days after exposure. Because mild cases of the virus appear similar to the flu, its diagnosis may be difficult with a mere physical examination, and typically requires laboratory tests. In severe cases, coronavirus can lead to respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, kidney failure, or even death.
There are some basic prevention measures recommended by experts at the World Health Organization (WHO), and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that be can taken against the fast-spreading deadly virus.
Tips to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus
- Wash your hands carefully and frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue; then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.
- Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
- Avoid unprotected contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
- Avoid visits to animal markets.
- Do not consume raw or under-cooked animal products. Milk and animal organs should be handled with care.
- Avoid close contact with people who have fever and cough.
- Stay at home when sick, and especially avoid long distance travel.
- Immediately seek medical care if you have fever, cough, or breathing difficulty.
- If you choose to wear a face mask, make sure your mouth and nose are covered.
- Wear a surgical mask if you are identified with symptoms of coronavirus.
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