Initially called as 2019-NCOV (Novel Coronavirus), this new epidemic has infected and killed thousands of people worldwide and continues to serve as a pandemic threat with its hastily increasing number of infected people particularly in China. 2019-NCOV or now named as COVID-19 came from the strain of coronaviruses in which some are deadly in cases of human-to-human transmission such as SARS and MERS. It is known to originate from Wuhan China and from wildlife like bats and snakes. Due to the outbreak, the World Health Organization a declared public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 in response to COVID-19 bringing a possible pandemic scare.
Here are some of the ways on how you can protect yourself and your family from this type of viral infection:
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. This will help eradicate bacteria and viruses that could cause illnesses.
2. Avoid traveling to highly infected places like Hubei, China. If your country has recorded some infections, keep safe indoor as much as possible. If your country has no infected individuals yet or no longer recorded new infections and the authority responded effectively to minimize the outbreak, then you can live on your normal schedules but stay informed by following reliable news and government agencies’ networks.
3. Wear a mask when you have a cold, cough, fever or flu or if you are assigned to attend to a sick person. Visit your doctor if you feel you need to intake the right medications.
4. Keep your immune system strong by eating healthy foods, sleeping well, exercising, and avoiding unhealthy habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and intaking unhealthy substances. Remember, your immune system is your greatest weapon against any illnesses.
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