Here’s How to Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

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Chances are, you’ve heard about the Coronavirus and I don’t know about you, but it has me a little freaked out.

I am already worried about cold and flu season. For starters, I have a 1-year-old but all three of my kids were born premature so it scares me this time of year.

Now, I have to worry about a new virus *sigh* so I started to look into ways to protect my family even though we still don’t know much about the virus.

As of right now, the World Health Organization is NOT naming the Coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be cautious.

While we don’t know a lot about the virus, the CDC has stated they believe it’s spread from person-to-person much like the flu. This can be through touching someone infected or touching something after an infected person has touched it.

WHO made a statement agreeing with this saying:

So, naturally, there is a few ways you can protect you and your family from The Coronavirus should it make it’s way to your area.

How to Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

Since it is being treated like other Coronaviruses of it’s kind (and sort of like the flu) you would want to protect yourself the same way.

“Social distancing; that’s step number one. Keep your distance from other people”

Cleanliness and personal hygiene is also of utmost concern, she added.

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer

Okay so number one is staying away from other people – be a social recluse. Got it!

“For yourself, think of your hands as your number one problem: anything you touch that’s a common surface,” the author said, explaining that the same principle governs why people are discouraged from sharing utensils or cups.

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer

Number two – proper hand washing and never put your hands in your mouth, near eyes, etc. Got it.

WHO has an entire list of when you should wash your hands:

The bottom line here is – if you are worried about contracting this virus (much like the flu) just use precaution.

Don’t be around anyone who is sick, avoid crowds, and utilize proper hand-washing and sterilization techniques to keep you and your family safe.

You can also wear gloves and masks while out in public if you want to be extra safe.

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