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Coronavirus is spreading worldwide, not rapidly, but spreading. It isn’t clear on the exact number of people affected, but it is estimated that around 20,000 people in China have contracted Coronavirus. People in other countries like Japan, Philippines, the United States and France have also encountered the illness, but not in the same quantities as Mainland China.

What is it?

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus, that spreads through human contact. Coughing, sneezing or just sharing the same air with someone infected can increase your risk of developing it. Similar to the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the new strand of Coronavirus is dangerous for anyone, but especially those with preexisting conditions or in old age[1]. The more mild and common symptoms (coughing, running nose, fever, and difficulty breathing), albeit like the normal flu, can be very harmful to those with preexisting conditions, such as respiratory issues or heart conditions. In part, because a weakened immune system can compromise the overall health of a person who is older or already sick. Why is it anymore dangerous than the normal flu? It is more dangerous than the normal flu, because it is very contagious and spreading at a far more rapid rate than Influenza.

How to Stay Safe?

Wash. Your. Hands. And if you can’t get to some soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content[2]. Both the CDC and WHO recommend constant hand washing of either variety to make sure than you kill the germs, before, during, or after contact with the virus. This is the best defense you can give to your body given any threat of exposure.

The World Health Organization also states that you should keep a social distance from people who are displaying any type of symptoms that are of the likeness of Coronavirus as well as keeping your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes[3]. At the basis of all making sure you do not contract Coronavirus is making sure you practice good hygiene. It is imperative that you are strict with a hand washing regime and use of an alcohol-based sanitizer in order to stay safe amidst an outbreak.

 

Germstar is not making any statements persuading, endorsing or promoting any sort of product with this blog post. Readers have a right to factual knowledge in order to make an informed decision on how to stay healthy and avoid contracting Coronavirus.

 

[1] World Health Organization, “Coronavirus Q&A.” WHO.org. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses. 2020. Web.

[2] Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Coronavirus: Prevention and Treatment,” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html. 2020. Web.

[3] World Health Organization, “Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) advice for the public.” WHO.org. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public. 2020. Web.

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