Don’t panic: what you would need to know about the Wuhan Coronavirus

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The news is full of dire warnings about the Coronavirus. Upsetting travel plans, destabilizing economies, changing how we conduct our daily lives, and sadly, killing people.

Bob Milliken

While no one likes to be sick, it happens. As always, your best defense is to lock yourself in an air bubble away from other people, but that is just not going to happen.

Having said that, here are some things to watch out for along with your #1 defense strategy;

The Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Symptoms and How it Spreads

The Wuhan Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, headaches, chills, body aches, a sore throat and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. There are no antiviral medications that are effective. Not every patient who has the Wuhan coronavirus exhibits every symptom.

It is important to remember that the common cold, a coronavirus, has many of the same symptoms. As does influenza. However, the onset of the flu is usually much more severe and quicker than with the common cold. You go to bed with mild symptoms in the evening and wake up with the full-blown flu the next morning.

The coronavirus (and the common cold is a coronavirus) is typically spread from one person to another when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can pass through an infected person’s lungs, throat or nose, sending particles into the air that can pass to anyone that person comes in close contact with. The range to pass the infection is from 3 to 6 feet.

Being out in a crowd increases your chances of being infected, because the more people you’re exposed to the higher the probability that several of them have the beginning stages of the the infection. Additionally, the closer people are next to each other the less distance the virus has to travel when airborne.

Being in an airplane in the closed environment with someone who has the flu makes it more likely the flu spreads to the other passengers. Transportation by bus or subway increases the close approximation between passengers.

The other main way the virus spreads is from simply touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose.

Hand Washing – Your Number 1 Action to Stay Healthy

Without a doubt, frequent handwashing is the #1 action you can take to decrease your chances of becoming infected. Forgo the handshake and instead use the knuckle or elbow shake,

Having a small bottle of hand sanitizer (good luck finding any on store shelves right now) in your pocket is a great idea. Use it every time you touch something someone else may have touched

Read my book “coronavirus – Everything you need to know” and be prepared for this nasty virus. Browse bit.ly/coronafever to get your complimentary copy.

Bob Milliken can be reached at 604.270.1730 or by email coronavirus@rfmholdings.com