How to protect yourself from coronavirus

Here’s what makes this strain so unusual and what you can do to protect yourself.

CDC is preparing for a widespread outbreak in the United States
But this deadly strain is called a “novel” because it has coronavirus not previously identified in humans.

It is unusual for several reasons:

– Scientists believe that this type of coronavirus jumped from a different animal to humans, which is rare.
– So it has become transmissible from human to human, which is even rarer.
– An infected person may not show symptoms until 14 days after exposure. This is of particular concern because this new coronavirus it can be transmitted while a person still does not show any symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

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Fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and breathing difficulties are some of the most common symptoms of the new coronavirus.

“It can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties” World Health Organization He says.

“More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus.”

How can you protect yourself?

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Overall, the public should do “what you do every cold and flu season,” said Dr. John Wiesman, Washington’s health secretary – where the first US case of Wuhan’s coronavirus has been confirmed.

This includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you feel sick, cover your whole mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don’t use your hands. Use your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately.

WHO it also recommends being at least 3 feet or 1 meter away from anyone who may be infected.

Is there a cure for the new coronavirus?

No. Patients can be cured and cured of their symptoms, but there is still no known cure for the new coronavirus.

What about a vaccine?

Scientists are working on a vaccine, but they don’t expect it soon.

China is in close contact with the World Health Organization

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is looking to develop one, but says it will take at least a few months before clinical trials begin and more than a year before a vaccine can actually become available.

Separately, scientists in Texas, New York and China are also trying to create a vaccine, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

But the challenge is daunting, said Hotez.

“The lesson we’ve learned is that coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest threats to global health.”

Elizabeth Cohen of CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.

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