If you’ve been following the news you’ll know that the coronavirus has been making its way to different parts of the world. The coronavirus, specifically SARS-CoV-2, is the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms can include cold and flu-like signs like coughing, shortness of breath and a fever. Symptoms can also be much more severe, and in rare cases be fatal.
The coronavirus is the biggest health concern of the year so far, but if you use a little bit of common sense you can protect yourself from infection.
How it spreads
The coronavirus spreads the same way other cold-like viruses do: through coughing and sneezing, touching of an infected person’s hand or face and other surfaces someone with the virus may have come in contact with.
Because of this, the best line of defense is simple common sense. Wash your hands after you use the restroom using warm, soapy water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Keep your hands and fingers away from your mouth, and avoid contact with those who are infected.
How to treat it
The coronavirus can be treated much the same way as a cold or flu. Be sure to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Taking over-the-counter medicines for a sore throat can also help.
Separating yourself from others is also important to prevent spreading the virus. Limiting your contact with pets and animals is also recommended until officials are sure it can’t be spread through through animals.
Wearing face masks can also help stop the spread of the virus, as can covering your face with a tissue when you sneeze.
Clean and disinfect and surface you touched when sick, and avoid sharing plates, cups and other dishes.
If you have the coronavirus, make sure you keep an eye on your symptoms to see if they get worse. If they do, go to your doctor immediately. Make sure to contact any medical facility you go to beforehand, and make sure they know you’re infected. Wear a face mask when you go.
You should also ask your medical provider to contact local health authorities to make them aware of the situation.
The best defense against catching COVID-19 is understanding how it transmits from person to person. Use common sense and your chances of catching it will go down.
For more information, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention‘s website.