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How to protect yourself from coronavirus

Amid an outbreak of a deadly pneumonia-like illness that’s claimed at least 46 lives – latest toll 25th January 2019 – and sickened hundreds of others, how can you protect yourself?

The novel coronavirus that’s to blame for the illnesses began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread to at least five countries — including the United States. Federal health officials this week announced that a man who lives in Seattle but recently traveled to Wuhan was diagnosed with the illness, ultimately sparking fears there could be more cases in this country.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that the risk to the public is currently low. But since scientists have confirmed the disease is indeed transmissible between humans, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus: Transmission, Prevention and Treatment

1. Transmission.

Human corona virus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through one the air, by coughing and sneezing to close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. Rarely fecal contamination. In the united states, people usually get infected with common human corona viruses. In the fall and winter. However, you can get infected at any time of the year. Most people will get infected with one or more of the common human corona viruses in their lifetime.

Young children are most likely to get infected. However, people can have multiple infections in their lifetime. There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human corona virus infection.

2. Prevention

You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

How to protect others? If you have cold like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

A. Stay home while you are sick to avoid close contact with others.

B. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. When you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands for clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

3. Treatment

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human corona viruses. Most people with common human corona virus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms:

  • Take pain and fever medications. Caution do not give aspirin to children to use a room humidifier, or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
  • If you are mildly sick, you should one drink plenty of liquids to stay home and rest.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your health care provider.

Also here are the tips from WHO of Reducing your risk of coronavirus infection:

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