What You Can Do To Stay Safe from the Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV)

As the Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV) which originated from Wuhan City continues to spread in Hubei Province and some parts of mainland China, the government has taken drastic measures to stop the virus from spreading further.

To protect yourself and your family from contracting the 2019 nCoV, there are simple precautions that you can follow.

12 Precautions that You Can Do to Stay Safe from the 2019 nCoV

1. When you leave your home, always wear a mask and gloves.

The 2019 nCoV is spread via airborne droplets. Make sure to wear your masks properly by tightening up the nose clip and pulling the bottom part of the mask so that your nose and mouth are covered. Replace your mask with a new one every day.

Medical masks used by healthcare workers such as the N95 are not recommended because it can lead to deprivation of oxygen.

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Most residents of Wuhan and other Chinese cities are wearing medical masks to protect themselves from 2019 nCoV.

Wearing gloves whether it’s your winter mittens or outdoor gloves are helpful when you go to public spaces or ride public transportation. If you touched surfaces in public places, do not touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.

2. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. 

Have a handkerchief or a tissue on hand inside your pocket in case you feel like coughing or sneezing. If you’re caught off guard, cough or sneeze into your sleeve but not directly with your hands. Make sure to disinfect and wash your handkerchief or clothes after using.

3. Do handwashing thoroughly. 

Make sure to wash your hands with gentle soap in running water for at least 15 seconds. Include the spaces and creases in between your fingers when washing your hands.

It’s good to wash your hands: before eating and after using the toilet, after returning home, after touching trash or garbage and after contact with animals or handling animal wastes. Wash your hands as well after being exposed outdoors.

4. Boost your immune system by eating healthy, exercising and getting enough rest. 

One of the best ways to prevent contracting the 2019 nCoV is to make sure that you are healthy. Eat a well-balanced diet of fresh vegetables, protein, and fruits. Make sure to get as much vitamins and minerals as you can in your food.

Move and keep your body going, exercise indoors for the meantime. Getting eight hours of quality sleep can make a huge difference in your immune system.

5. Cook your food properly and avoid eating exotic foods.

According to medical experts who are studying the 2019 nCoV, zoonotic transmission from bats to snakes is a big possibility in the spread of the virus. Avoid eating raw food, cook meat and eggs thoroughly and stop consuming exotic food.

In picture – snake skewers. The Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra – may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus.
6. Avoid sharing meals for the meantime. 

In China, it is customary to prepare meals and allow everyone on the table to use their personal chopsticks or utensils to get food from the common dish or serving bowl. It’s best to avoid this in the meantime. Place serving spoons in every dish instead.

7. Stay away from wild animals and farmed livestock. 

In relation to precaution number five, doctors say that it is best to avoid coming into contact with wild animals and farmed livestock altogether. If you own farmed livestock, make sure to use protective gear when caring for your animals.

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China has banned wild animal trade until viral outbreak eases.
8. Avoid going to public and crowded spaces.

Stay away from public and crowded places as much as possible. The more people in a shared space means lesser airflow and a higher probability of viral transmission. If inevitable, protect yourself by wearing a mask.

9. Maintain distance from people who have flu-like symptoms. 

If you know someone who has flu or cold-like symptoms, make sure to maintain a safe distance – 1.5 feet is a good distance. Encourage them to wear a mask and have their symptoms checked in a health care facility.

10. Don’t shake hands or hug people. 

Politely beg off, saying it’s better for both of you not to come in close contact during this time.

11. Disinfect your home as needed. 

A clean home can make a huge difference in preventing the spread of 2019 nCoV. Make sure you disinfect your house as needed.

Disinfect doorknobs and stairway banisters as these parts of the house harbor many unwanted pathogens. Don’t forget to disinfect your cellphones, laptops and other handheld personal objects.

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A building is cleaned and disinfected in China.
12. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect having symptoms of the 2019 nCoV. 

If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms do not panic. Wear a mask at all times, list any symptoms of fever or respiratory infection and visit the nearest hospital to get yourself checked. Don’t try to self-medicate and isolate yourself at home, early detection is key to your recovery and halting the spread of the virus.

In addition to these 12 precautions, make sure to listen to the news and any announcements in your local area. Follow government instructions and notices as recommended.

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The spread of 2019-nCoV is an evolving situation. Since it’s a new strain of coronavirus, there’s still much to learn about its transmission, virulence, and pathogenicity.

Medical professionals all over China are working hard to attend to patients, leading scientific experts are finding a way to beat the virus and the Chinese government is creating initiatives to cater to the sick.

China Admissions will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with up-to-date information. Please fill out the form if you want to receive updates from us.

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