One of the major concerns of 202o healthwise has been the coronavirus which has taken the world by storm. The number of confirmed cases continues to rise every day, the mortality rate seems high, and many questions about the outbreak remain unanswered.

Here is what you need to know about the virus and keeping yourself safe especially while you travel.

Coronaviruses are believed to cause a significant percentage of all common colds. The colds from coronaviruses tend to be more severe than the average, causing fever and bronchitis. In some cases, it can cause pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

Although 99% of infections are in China, there are concerns about the virus spreading internationally. Here are the best coronavirus prevention practices, as presented by the CDC and health professionals. First of all, if you exhibit any flu-like symptoms and have traveled to China or been exposed to someone who has, consult with the general hospital nearest to you for a diagnosis as soon as possible.

Wash your hands

That’s it — your best best bet against the coronavirus is washing your hands. This simple act is surprisingly good at clearing pathogens off your hands.

Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds — think of it as the length of a song chorus. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60%.

It’s simple, straightforward, and very effective. Wash your hands, and you’re already on the right track.

Avoid eating raw animal products (especially from infected areas)

The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat is never a good idea. The same goes for the consumption of any raw ingredients, including milk or animal organs. It should be noted that some cheeses are also made from raw milk.

Everything should be cooked sufficiently to ensure that pathogens have been eliminated.

  • Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.
  •  Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid non-essential trips to China, particularly to big cities and the province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan.
  • If you do have to travel, pay extra attention to the prevention measures above.
  • Avoid traveling when sick.
  • Seek medical help if you are concerned.

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