As you are probably aware from the news, there is a current outbreak of Coronavirus (CoV). These are a large family of viruses that include the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and new strains that have previously not been identified in humans, Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). The current outbreak is a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV); it is under investigation by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and is a rapidly evolving situation.
For the most up-to-date information, we recommend you consult the CDC’s website and that of the World Health Organization (WHO). Both sites provide excellent information on the virus, it’s spread, how best to protect yourself and treatment.
As always with your health, prevention is the best course of action. According to the CDC:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.