For the sake of our own health and others, we all have a responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the flu, or any other type of disease for that matter. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to figure out what to do. Most of the steps are common sense. From 5 to 20% of the population in the US comes down with the flu every year. While most of us get through the flu just fine, it can be a serious disease for the young and old.
The Wuhan coronavirus so far has had its greatest impact in China where the disease originated. Thousands of cases have been diagnosed with about a 3% fatality rate. There are probably more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus than reported, since the confirmation has been from patients who have been hospitalized. As with the flu, it’s probable that most infected victims don’t have symptoms serious enough for hospitalization.
Cover your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough, so you trap the virus particles in the tissue rather than expelling them into the air. Then make sure you dispose of the tissue so it won’t spread the virus on any other surface. The virus is spread within a a 3 to 6 foot range when you sneeze so trapping the virus in a tissue eliminates that possibility.
After you sneeze or cough, wash your hands with soap and water. Or if you are not near a sink, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Get in the habit of carrying these hand sanitizers with you, in the car, in your pocket or in your purse. Wash or disinfect your hands when out in the public and touching door knobs, shopping cart handles or other items that other people touch.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. If you have touched any object contaminated with the virus, you may end up contaminating yourself. Your eyes, nose and mouth are the easiest pathways to infection by the flu virus.
If you’re sick stay home from work and away from other people. You may think that you’re being Mr. Tough Guy by going into work, but you won’t be working at full capacity when you’re sick and you’ll be spreading the virus. If your child becomes sick keep them home from school until their symptoms have subsided. You can spread the Wuhan coronavirus from 7 to 10 days before you exhibit any symptoms.