The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the first case in the United States of the novel coronavirus (known as 2019-nCoV) spread through human to human contact. This marked the sixth case on U.S. soil, though the other cases were contracted in other countries. It’s time to get serious about coronavirus prevention if you haven’t already.
After originating in Wuhan, Hubei in China, the virus is spreading fast. Reports today stated that there have been more than 17,000 cases reported around the world, with more than 100 confirmed in 20 countries besides China. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the epidemic a global health emergency and acknowledged that it poses a serious threat beyond Chinese borders.
While the CDC states that an immediate risk within the United States is low, actions geared towards coronavirus prevention should be taken. Read on for facts about the symptoms, its origination and ways to prevent its spread.
Ccoronavirus symptoms present similar to those of common colds and the flu. These include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath and fever. Symptoms present in as little as two days after exposure to two weeks.
It is believed that the virus originated in a live animal market in Wuhan, China. Since the rapid spread, almost 60 million people living in Chinese cities have been under some form of lockdown.
How the Coronavirus Spreads
Human coronaviruses are contracted a few different ways. It can be spread through human to human contact such as shaking hands, hugging or touching. Coronaviruses are also spread via respiratory droplets in the air. When an infected person sneezes or coughs in close proximity, you may be exposed to the virus. It can also live on hard surfaces or inanimate objects—so if you touch something that is infected and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes afterwards, you can contract the virus. Though instances are rare, coronaviruses can be spread through fecal contamination.
Unfortunately, there is not a current vaccine to protect against coronaviruses. The CDC recommends taking the following steps to avoid this nasty infection.
-Wash your hands thoroughly. This means lathering up with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
-Avoid close personal contact with anyone showing symptoms.
-Minimize touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid touching altogether if your hands are not washed.
-Immediately throw away tissues after sneezing or coughing into them.
-Stay home if you are not feeling well or show any of the above coronavirus symptoms.
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