Everyone is aware of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, the most populous city in China, which has killed at least 1000 people and infected more than 4,600. This deadly disease has spread in more than 16 countries outside China and the US has already confirmed five cases. Patients say that they have been recently traveled to China.
What Is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but we don’t know where they come from. They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.
Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.
Symptoms Of Coronavirus
The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.
To Panic Or Not To Panic?
The outbreak’s timing is especially worrisome, since hundreds of millions of people travel to and within China for the Lunar New Year celebration, which began on January 25 and lasts until February 8.
Person-to-person spread of the coronavirus is occurring in China, but such transmission has not yet been detected in the US, although the CDC said it “would not be surprising if person-to-person spread in the United States were to occur”.
The agency warned that more cases in the United States are likely to be identified. Older people and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk.
How To Keep Safe From Coronavirus
There is no vaccine for coronavirus. To help prevent a coronavirus infection, do the same things you do to avoid the common cold:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are infected.
You treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink fluids.
- Take over-the-counter medicine for a sore throat and fever. But don’t give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19; use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead.
How To Stay Safe While Traveling
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- Travelers should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, making sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds, the CDC says. Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wearing a surgical mask may somewhat protect you from infection in a crowd if there is an outbreak, but, generally, surgical masks are not closefitting enough to filter all the air you are breathing in.
- If you’re traveling to or within China, steer clear of live animals.
- If you do become ill after traveling to or within China, report your symptoms to a health authority right away.
- Avoid contact with sick people, animal markets, and live or dead animals.
- Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice right away.
- Don’t travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.