The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed over half a million lives, and infected millions of people around the world. The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in central China towards the end of 2019, and has spread to all continents since then, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to characterize it as a pandemic and declare a global emergency.

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, and various other conditions that can prove fatal.

Wash your hands with soap and water to fight coronavirus
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (WHO)

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There are some basic prevention measures recommended by experts at the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations that be can taken against the fast-spreading deadly virus.

15 Tips to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

  1. Stay at home. Avoid going out other than for necessities.
  2. Avoid gatherings of more than a few people.
  3. Avoid all sorts of crowded places unless totally necessary.
  4. Wash your hands carefully and frequently with soap and water.
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
  6. Use a hand sanitizer after touching surfaces such as doors and furniture outside your home.
  7. Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue; then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.
  8. Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
  9. Avoid unprotected contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
  10. Do not consume raw or under-cooked animal products. Milk and animal organs should be handled with care.
  11. Avoid being in close proximity people who have fever and cough.
  12. Immediately seek medical care if you have fever, cough, or breathing difficulty.
  13. Self-isolate yourself if you are identified with any symptoms of coronavirus.
  14. Wear a surgical mask when leaving home or if you are in close proximity with someone displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
  15. Follow the distancing guidelines and preventive measures issued in your jurisdiction.
Wear a mask and use a tissue to fight coronavirus
Use a tissue paper to good effect when not wearing a surgical mask (WHO)

Lastly, it is important to keep yourself updated on the current COVID-19 outbreak in your area. Governments and local authorities are regularly issuing public advisories and the situation is changing on a daily basis in many parts of the world.

The pandemic has taken a harsh toll on economies around the world, pushing many countries into a recession, and, in particular, making millions of people unemployed. In addition, social distancing has been a challenge for many people struggling to adopt to the ‘new normal’. However, as medical experts and country leaders have emphasized, your utmost priority should be to keep yourself and others safe from coronavirus by taking all necessary precautions.