Even worse: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects this virus to keep spreading beyond this year.Here’s what makes this strain so unusual and what you can do to protect yourself.
Why is this coronavirus different?
But this deadly strain is called a “novel” coronavirus because it has not previously been identified in humans.
It’s unusual for several reasons:– Scientists believe this type of coronavirus jumped from a different animal to humans, which is rare.– It then became transmissible from human to human, which is even more rare.– An infected person might not show symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure. That’s especially worrisome because this novel coronavirus can be transmitted while a person still isn’t showing any symptoms.
How can you protect yourself?
In general, the public should do “what you do every cold and flu season,” said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state — where the first US case of Wuhan coronavirus was confirmed.
That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.If you’re the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
But don’t use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.
WHO also recommends staying at least 3 feet or 1 meter away from anyone who may be infected.
Source: CNN Health News