A Deadly Virus is spreading across continents and Africa could be next. If you travel often for business and/or work or regularly come in contact with frequent travellers, this is for you.
A coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China, has killed 41 people and infected more than 1,000.
On Friday 24th January, the second case was reported in the US and three were reported in France – the first in Europe. The disease has spread to at least seven other countries outside China as well: Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Nepal.
At first, authorities suspected that the coronavirus – which most likely originated at a seafood market – could only spread to humans from animals. But they have since determined that humans can transmit the virus to one other.
The coronavirus family is a large group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. Coronaviruses can lead to illnesses like the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003.
The outbreak’s timing is especially worrisome, since hundreds of millions of people are expected to travel to and within China for the Lunar New Year celebration, which begins Saturday and lasts until February 8.
Here are tips on how to protect yourself against the CORONAVIRUS
Wear Face Masks in Virus Prone Areas
It has not been proven that the face masks seen above can effectively protect you against viral infections. That said, these masks are probably able to catch some germs before they reach your mouth or nose. More importantly, they prevent people from touching their mouth or nose (which most people do instinctually). If you are already sick, such masks may keep you from infecting others.
Disinfect your hands
At the top is frequently cleaning your hands. The World Health Organisation recommends alcohol-based hand rub.
Wash your hands with soap and water
The more simple day-to-day solution is water and soap, if you’ve got some handy. But make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Coughing and Sneezing Right
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your flexed elbow. Or use tissue — but then immediately throw that tissue away and wash your hands. With your shirt or sweater, however, no, you don’t need to throw them away. Do wash them frequently, though, or take them to the dry cleaner’s.
Stay away from sick people
Another recommendation that may not work for everybody: Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough! If you have to tend to sick people, make doubly sure to take additional protective measures.
Got a Fever? Go to the doctor.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Avoid public places so you don’t infect others. And also, explain to your doctor where you’ve previously traveled.
When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of the novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals. That includes any surfaces that are in contact with animals as well.
Cook meat thoroughly.
The consumption of raw, or undercooked, animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods. These are good food safety practices and help prevent the spread of illnesses.
Health Is Wealth!
Stay Safe and have a great week ahead.
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