Travelling Soon? Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself From the Wuhan Coronavirus

Precautions you can take to avoid being infected and passing it on to those around you.

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We've been made aware of the speed the Wuhan coronavirus (known to Chinese scientists as nCoV-2019) has been spreading in China and the world (19 countries have reported confirmed cases, at the time of writing).

The coronavirus is a family of viruses that causes respiratory symptoms that can range from mild to
extremely serious. The common cold is a coronavirus and so is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
virus (SARS CoV), which infected more than 8000 people and killed around 774. The Wuhan coronavirus is part of this family of viruses.

Symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus usually appear as a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It can
range from mild and flu-like to full blown, life-threatening pneumonia. The more serious symptoms of
the disease tend to affect those with existing health issues

While it is wise to cancel trips to China at present, it would not be convenient to axe all your travel
plans. Doctors are predicting that the epidemic will remain at least for a few weeks to a couple more months.

Since we can’t postpone our plans to go abroad indefinitely, here’s how we can protect ourselves while we travel according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC).

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3. If it’s not possible to move away from someone who’s sick, have a mask handy to reduce the risk of infection.

While some medical experts are of the opinion that masks don’t really help to prevent infection, it’s
sometimes the only way we can protect ourselves when we simply can’t move away from a sick
person. (This happens when we’re seated in a plane next to someone who’s sick, for instance.) Please
bear in mind that masks must be worn correctly in order for them to provide sufficient protection.
Don’t touch your face mask once it’s worn; discard the single-use mask immediately and wash your
hands after use.

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