If You’re Worried About the New Coronavirus, Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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  • Common signs of infection of the new coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
  • The risk of contracting the disease in the U.S. remains low, but if you’re worried there are simple steps to take.
  • Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and avoid people who are coughing or sneezing.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve surely heard about the new coronavirus, a new strain of virus that’s sweeping across China and spreading to other parts of the world.

While historically coronaviruses cause little need for alarm (they’re usually the culprits behind the common cold), there are three strains that have developed in the last 20 years, including this most recent strain — the 2019-nCoV — which are causing serious illnesses, respiratory issues, respiratory failure, and even death.

Another example of a serious coronavirus is SARS, but it’s important to note that the 2019-nCoV is not the same as SARS.

Today the World Health Organization announced it was declaring a public health emergency of international concern due to the spreading virus.

To better prepare yourself, and to keep up-to-date on what you need to know, we reached out to experts to help shed light on what you can do to protect yourself against the most recent coronavirus.

 

What is the coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, “coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals.”

The CDC says that rarely does the animal coronavirus infect people.

However, this most current strain is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, which has been infecting people.

The World Health OrganizationTrusted Source says that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. Rarer, more severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and in the most extreme, death.

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14, after exposure.

Like previous coronaviruses, this particular virus likely emerged from an animal source, though experts aren’t sure which one as of yet.

Now the virus is being spread from person to person. Typically coronavirus infections are transmissible person to person only once someone infected is showing symptoms, however, the Chinese health minister is indicating that this particular strain may be infectious when people aren’t yet sick.

 

How do I protect myself?

While there’s no vaccine to prevent the 2019-nCoV infection, there are still things you can do to protect yourself.

“The best protection is hand washing and being mindful of contact with a person’s face,” said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health for Northwell Health and the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York.

“The most common way viruses like these are spread is from droplets, or little particles of viruses, that land on a surface that another person touches and then spreads, usually by touching their face or eating,” he said.

The CDC recommends:

  • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. An alcohol-based sanitizer can work in the absence of soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It’s important to note that alcohol-based sanitizers like Purell are helpful, but not a legitimate preventive measure to stop viruses.

The CDCTrusted Source says that, “alcohol-based sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.”

Using a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol can help in the absence of soap and water, but it’s not a treatment or prevention for viruses.

What if you’re traveling?

“At the time, traveling to China is probably ill advised,” said Dr. Teresa Murray Amato, director of emergency medicine, Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. “It is not clear how transmittable the virus is and who is at the greatest risk of a poor outcome.”

The U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 travel advisory for Hubei, which means “do not travel,” and is the highest warning level. A level 3 warning is in effect for the rest of China.

“The biggest risk to traveling to China right now is the strict quarantine and travel bans the Chinese government has been enacting,” said Cioe-Pena.

That said, if you must travel to China where there are cases of the virus, Amato recommends wearing a mask, washing hands often, and avoiding anyone that’s ill.

Note that over-the-counter masks don’t protect against airborne illnesses, so if the virus mutates to become airborne, masks will be ineffective.

The CDC is closely monitoringTrusted Source that status in the United States.

As of January 29, 2020 there are a total of 165 cases that have been under investigation. Five were confirmed. States with confirmed cases are Arizona, Washington, California, and Illinois.

According to Dr. Nancy MessonnierTrusted Source, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), “We understand that many people in the U.S. are worried about how [2019-nCoV] will affect Americans. Risk depends on exposure. Right now we have a handful of patients with this new virus here in the U.S., however, at this time the virus is not spreading in the community. For that reason we continue to believe that the immediate risk is low to the American public.”

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Hear is update from BC Govt heath minister

 

Joint statement on updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in B.C.

Vancouver Friday, January 31, 2020 9:45 AM

 

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer (PHO), have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:

“On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, we confirmed that our BC Centre for Disease Control public health lab had identified a positive test for 2019-nCoV. Following this, samples were sent to the National Medical Laboratory in Winnipeg for additional testing. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Dr. Henry confirmed that those tests returned positive for 2019-nCoV. As of today, B.C. continues to have only one confirmed case.”

“In our statements, we committed to regularly provide the public with the number of cases tested each Friday. Going forward, the public are invited to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for an updated testing number each Friday.

“As of today, we have tested 114 samples for 2019-nCoV, with one positive. Please note that there are more samples tested than patients, as some patients have had more than one sample tested.

“We want to reassure people that the risk of this virus spreading within British Columbia remains low at this time. All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province.

“It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses during winter. Regular handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, generally.

“Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.”

Learn More:

For more information and latest updates on 2019-nCoV, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC – or visit the centre’s website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

Provincial health officer’s Jan. 29, 2020, statement confirming 2019-nCoV: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0016-000176

For the Jan 28, 2020, joint statement on 2019-nCoV, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0015-000151

For a traditional Chinese translation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020-01-31_CoronavirusUpdate_Chinese.pdf

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Joint statement on updates on the 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C.

Updated Feb. 3, 2020 Chinese translation available

Victoria Monday, February 3, 2020 12:30 PM

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:

“The federal government announced its plans to bring Canadians home from Hubei, China. In the near future, a repatriation flight will bring Canadians from Hubei province, including Wuhan city, to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton near Toronto. Each of these returning Canadians, including staff and flight crew, will remain at CFB Trenton for 14 days to receive the necessary social and medical support they may need.

“We have been working closely with the federal government to ensure the repatriation process is smooth and conducted in a way that best protects the returning Canadians and the public here at home. It is expected that B.C. will be the final destination for some of the returning Canadians, and we will continue liaising with the federal government as it identifies passengers for the repatriation flight.

“The returning Canadians will spend 14 days at CFB Trenton, which is the 2019 novel coronavirus maximum incubation period, so they can be assessed and monitored, and to support their transition back to Canada.

“In B.C., we have chosen testing criteria with an intentionally low threshold to purposely ensure a wide range of people are eligible for novel coronavirus testing. On Friday, Jan. 31, we reported testing 114 samples and one confirmed case. Updates will be published each Friday at: www.bccdc.ca

“There continues to be one confirmed case in B.C.

“We want to reassure people that the risk of this virus spreading within British Columbia remains low at this time. We are watching the evolution of the outbreak in China very closely and will notify the public if the measures we need to take in B.C. change.

“All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond in order to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province.

“The most important measures to prevent all respiratory illnesses, including this novel coronavirus, remain cleaning your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and staying home and away from others if you become sick.

“Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.”

Learn More:

For more information and latest updates on 2019-nCoV, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

Provincial health officer’s Jan. 29, 2020, statement confirming 2019-nCoV:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0016-000176

For the Jan. 28, 2020, joint statement on 2019-nCoV, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0015-000151

For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.02.03CoronavirusUpdate_CN.pdf

This in on BC Govt website go to the link here

 

 

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