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Understanding Human Coronavirus and Providing Protection from Viral Infection
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Understanding Human Coronavirus and Providing Protection from Viral Infection

As we enter the peak of an intense cold and Influenza (Flu) season, a new threat has surfaced: the Human Coronavirus. This virus has infected thousands in China, led to multiple deaths and has now made its way to North America.

 

What is the Human Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a unique pairing of virus that are generally spread between different species of animals, according to the CDC. Over time, certain strands of the coronavirus mutate and begin infecting humans. While it is rare for a coronavirus strand to evolve in such a way, there have been three recent examples: MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV and, most recently, COVID-19.

How does Coronavirus spread?

The CDC reports that Coronavirus outbreaks are most common during the winter months, however, cases are seen year-round. It is often spread by air when coughing or sneezing, wiping your eyes or nose after touching a contaminated surface and after direct contact.

Preventing Coronavirus

Unfortunately, there are no vaccines to combat the coronavirus at this time. There are, however, multiple steps you can take to protect yourself. The CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid contact with at-risk individuals. If soap is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers work as a great alternative.

 

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