Monday, January 27, 2020

How to protect yourself from the Wuhan Coronavirus

By Timothy Gamble

How to protect yourself from the Wuhan Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses, including the Wunan Coronavirus, can be spread person-to-person, or through contaminated food or surfaces. This makes avoiding contact with infected or potentially infected people, along with strong hygeine and sanitation practices, extremely important in stopping the spread of the disease.

The CDC and WHO give the following general advice for protecting against Coronaviruses:
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid contact with thse who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces (click link for disinfectants page on Amazon). 
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.
  •  Do not prepare food for others if you have a
    Coronavirus, or if you may have come into contact with someone with a Coronavirus.
Wearing medical facemasks in public can help prevent catching or spreading Coronaviruses, but simply avoiding infected people and thoroughly washing your hands often are the most effective measures to take.  

Availability of Medical Facemasks:

In the United States, there have been news reports of medical facemasks selling out fast at retailers and on Amazon. My local Wal-mart was sold out last week, but has since restocked. Some facemasks have been restocked and once again available on Amazon. Expect availability to be sporadic as increased news coverage causes increased demand. 
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