Friday 31 January 2020
The wrong kind of mask. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP.

The Coronavirus shows no sign of slowing down. At the time of writing, 9776  cases have been reported, with 213 deaths confirmed. With the virus spreading from Wuhan to other parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, it’s vital to understand how to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) previously declared that the Coronavirus is yet to constitute a global health emergency. “Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during an emergency meeting in Geneva.

However, Adhanom has now made a U-turn, as WHO declared this as a public health emergency of international concern. China has also taken additional steps to tackle the airborne virus with domestic football matches and marriage registrations on popular dates being cancelled, as well as Ikea closing down all of its 30 stores in the country.

Staying safe during the Coronavirus outbreak

People who contracted the Wuhan virus have reported symptoms including a fever, chills, headaches, difficulty in breathing, and a sore throat. However, how do you stay safe during the Coronavirus spread?

Wash your hands

Good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent viruses and keep pathogens at bay. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also highlights the importance of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Wear gloves and masks

Grab a pair of outdoor gloves and keep them on especially when you’re in public places like the mall, on a bus and a train. If you’re slowly getting the symptoms of the Wuhan virus, a surgical mask is a must-have.

Avoid contact

If you know someone who’s showing the symptoms of the Wuhan virus, avoid contact. The affected individual is strongly advised to head to the hospital. Next, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Cook meat properly

According to the CBC, the airborne virus has been traced to animals, so ensure you do cook your food thoroughly, especially meat and eggs. Additionally, use your own utensils when sharing food.

While time will decide on the fate of the virus, there’s no harm in taking preventative measures and staying safe during the Coronavirus outbreak. For more information on the disease, check out this piece that answers all your questions, so you’re able to step in and call out someone who sends fake news on Whatsapp group chats.