What Can You Do To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known for containing strains that cause potentially deadly diseases in mammals and birds. In humans they're typically spread via airborne droplets of fluid produced by infected individuals.
Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Wuhan coronavirus was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province in 2019. The virus has shown evidence of human-to-human transmission, and on 4 February 2020, approximately 20,655 cases have been confirmed. Its incubation period (time from exposure to onset of symptoms) ranges from 2 to 14 days, but there is evidence that it may be contagious during this period and possibly also for several days after recovery. Symptoms include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties, and it can be fatal.
The WHO offers general guidance about how to prevent Wuhan virus infection:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rub
- When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth and always throw away used tissues.
- Do not stay close with people who have fever and cough.
- If you think you have symptoms of Wuhan virus (cough, fever, shortness of breath), go to your GP straight away and tell your GP about your recent travel history.
- Avoid touching any animals or any surfaces that they may have touched.
- Fully cooked all the animal product, wash your hand after touching the raw meat.
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