The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a contagious virus that is rapidly spreading in China and other parts of the world. It causes respiratory infection that can be deadly—as of today there is a death toll of almost 500. More than 20,000 cases have been reported, which surpasses the number of confirmed cases of the SARS epidemic. The human coronavirus can spread through human contact and is also airborne. This means that you can catch it if an infected person touches you or through the respiratory droplets produced if they sneeze or cough near you. The coronavirus can also be spread on surfaces or inanimate objects touch by an infected person. This high level of contagion makes it essential to take steps for coronavirus prevention.
While the Novel coronavirus originated in a live animal market in Wuhan, Hubei in China, it has now spread to many countries, including the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, among others. As a result, both the United States and Japan airlifted their citizens out of Wuhan. British Airways has suspended all flights in and out of mainland China and Mongolia recently closed border crossings.
There is no current vaccine to prevent infection with the 2019 Novel coronavirus. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent infection. However, there are a few preventive measures you can take. In general, you would do the same things you do to protect against influenza the common cold.
Here are some actions you can take to help with coronavirus prevention and protect against colds and the flu.
Thoroughly Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, several times throughout the day. If soap and water are not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Sick People
Avoid close contact with anyone who appears to have a cold, flu or other illness. Even a cough or sneeze that seems harmless can be a threat, so steer clear!
Monitor Symptoms Closely
If you show any symptoms of the 2019 Novel coronavirus, a cold or the flu, see a doctor right away. Then stay home so that you do not infect anyone else. Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever and difficulty breathing. Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue and throw it out immediately.
Disinfect With Clear Gear
Clean and disinfect communal surfaces and frequently touched objects with Clear Gear. This powerful antibacterial spray has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) found on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Clear Gear can be used to help prevent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in accordance with our regular directions for use: spray the area or surface and let dry.
Avoid Travel to China
Avoid traveling to China, especially to Hubei. If you are in contact with someone who recently was in the region, be hypervigilant—if you experience any coronavirus symptom, see a doctor right away.
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