virusA new virus called the Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV has erupted and claimed the lives of 81 people. This virus was first detected in China and has infected almost 3,000 Chinese citizens and citizens in 12 other countries. Since January 21, five people have been identified as positive carriers of the virus in the United States, and there are still 73 people pending investigation, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The pneumonia-like illness linked to SARS is now spreading from person-to-person, yet it is not clear how easily. The World Health Organization has yet to declare the outbreak as a global emergency but keeping yourself safe is critical as the death tolls rise and the virus spreads.

How to keep yourself safe and reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Disinfect and clean your home and common areas (doorknobs, cabinets)
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially if you have unwashed hands
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Make sure you avoid close contact with people who are sick

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the virus, but luckily, people with the common Coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Stay safe and protect yourself.

If you have recently traveled to China within the past two weeks and develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.

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