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10 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Current Coronavirus

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What is coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.”[1]

The “… novel coronavirus (CoV) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China.”[2]


What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

The main symptoms are:

General

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Severe

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Acute respiratory syndrome (extensive inflammation in the lungs)

What is the cure for the coronavirus?

There is no known cure at this time.



How is the coronavirus infection diagnosed?

Diagnosis is done by health care providers conducting laboratory tests, observing symptoms, and taking note of travel history.


10 Ways to protect yourself from the current coronavirus

The ten (10) ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus are:

  1. Wash your hands regularly
  2. Keep hydrated
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system, e.g., garlic, ginger, kale, orange, etc.
  4. Take supplements as is necessary
  5. Cook meat and eggs thoroughly
  6. Avoid contact with persons with symptoms
  7. Avoid unnecessary contact with animals
  8. Clean surfaces to prevent contact with virus
  9. According to many governments, avoid all travel to the Chinese province of Hubei including cities like Ezhou, Wuhan (the capital of Hubei), and Huanggang.
  10. Register for free for the Emerging Respiratory Viruses, including nCoV course at OpenWHO (https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov) to learn more.

OpenWHO is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “… new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.”[3]

If you are sick with illness that can be spread by air or touch, you may:

  1. Stay home
  2. Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  3. Wear appropriate mask
  4. Properly discard mask after each use
  5. Wash hands after getting rid of mask

[1] https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

[2] https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov

[3] https://openwho.org/