With the number of confirmed cases increasing not only in China but in several countries across the globe, coronavirus (or 2019-nCoV) has truly become a serious global concern. The outbreak, which reportedly originated from the city of Wuhan, has now spread at an alarming rate, causing great panic among the general public.
Despite that, experts are taking the forefront in assuring people that while the illness is contagious, it can definitely be prevented – as long as certain precautionary measures are consistently observed.
Consider the following reminders:
#1. Wear gloves when heading outdoors.
In a ForeignPolicy article written by Pulitzer winner science writer Laurie Garrett, we read that wearing gloves is one of the ways we can avoid getting infected by the virus. Wear them at all times when going outside or when touching doorknobs and other objects that may have been touched by an ill person.
- Powder free exam grade gloves
- Disposable with beaded cuff
- Smooth; latex free
- Ideal for persons concerned with latex sensitivity
- Sizes range from Small to XL. Sold in boxes of 100 or cases of 1000
When you have to remove the gloves (such as dining), make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting them back on. Also, change gloves everyday and wash them well.
#2. Observe proper hand hygiene.
As mentioned above, hand washing can play a crucial role in preventing the spread of the virus. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water. You may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. As much as possible, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands yet.
#3. Wear masks – and do it right.
We’ve all heard about the importance of wearing masks but there’s one thing we need to keep in mind: masks often “deteriorate” after wearing them once or twice, Garrett pointed out.
Using the same mask over and over means “the contents of your mouth and nose eventually coat the inside of the mask with a smelly veneer that is attractive to bacteria,” the expert added.
Others even encourage wearing goggles after news circulated that Chinese doctor Wang Guangfa said he may have been infected by the virus for not having eye protection.
#4. Avoid crowded places.
Crowds are a big no-no, especially in areas where people are showing signs and symptoms of the virus.
As much as possible, keep a good distance from people for at least 1/2 meter or 1.5 feet. Otherwise, stay 3 feet away when someone is coughing or sneezing. Politely decline handshakes and hugs.
#5. Use serving spoons and don’t share utensils.
Avoid sharing utensils or chopsticks during meals. Have serving spoons for each dish. Additionally, remind your children to never use other people’s cups when drinking.
“Avoid restaurants that have poor hygiene practices,” Garrett also warned.
#6. Consume only well-cooked food.
As previously reported, coronavirus is suspected to have originated from the exotic wildlife market in Wuhan (bat soups, in particular) so doctors are advising against such foods. Additionally, you should refrain from consuming raw or undercooked meat.
#7. Prepare a Survival Kit in case of Emergency.
Disasters are unpredictable, be prepared all the time and have peace of mind in knowing you’ve done all you can to protect the ones you love.
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Finally, consult your doctor if you notice any symptoms (such as cough, fever, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, and sore throat), especially if you suspect you’ve been in close contact with an infected individual or if you’ve recently traveled to Wuhan and other areas in China.
Nurse Claims 90,000 People Are Already Infected By Coronavirus In China
Meanwhile, Chinese officials say there are 1,975 confirmed cases.
- An unidentified female nurse in Wuhan, Hubei has uploaded a video online, claiming that there are now around 90,000 people have been infected by coronavirus in China.
- Official government reports say there are 1,975 cases so far.
- The nurse reminded people to avoid going outdoors and also issued a plea for donations, saying medical professionals in the frontline of battling the illness are running out of resources.
Deadly Chinese Wuhan Virus Speculated to Have Come From Bat Soup
Bat soup is a known delicacy in the city of Wuhan.
- Protein codes found in the virus are just like the ones found in snakes, which hunt for bats in the wild.
- Bat soup is a common delicacy in Wuhan.
- Bats were confirmed to be the source of the SARS virus.
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He also wants residents within the danger zone to return home, despite warnings of hazardous eruption.
- Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan of Talisay, Batangas thinks residents within the danger zone of Taal Volcano should already return home, despite Alert Level #4 warnings.
- Natanauan says seismologists' "opinions" about the eruption is already damaging the local economy.
- The police chief of Calabarzon said he'll throw Natanauan to the volcano as a sacrifice if people go back to their residences because of his encouragements.
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