For most of us unfamiliar with the coronavirus, it can be a bit alarming to hear the news of a potentially deadly virus plaguing society. But just what is it exactly, how does it spread, and more importantly, how can you minimize your risk?
The virus is a respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan China. During the early stages of the outbreak, it was believed there was a link to the animal and seafood market in China suggesting an animal-to-person spread. However, due to the growing number of people that have become infected without contact with animals, it's believed to be more commonly spread by human to human contact.
How it Spreads
The CDC is reporting that it's most often spread from human-to-human contact (usually about 6 feet) when respiratory droplets by the infected are produced through coughing or sneezing. Similar to influenza and other respiratory diseases. It is unclear that exposure to the illness can come by way of touching surfaces from the infected then coming into contact with the mouth nose and eyes. The top three systems include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
At this time, there is no vaccine available to treat the coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. Here are some tips:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you're sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently used objects with a cleaning spray or wipe.
As always, these tips should become common practice to prevent and reduce exposure to all respiratory illnesses. For additional information regarding this illness, be sure to check the CDC website regularly for any updated information.
Article by: Jay Denson