Currently, it is not known how the virus spreads “easily or sustainably” from person to person. Many large gatherings and events have been canceled or postponed as a public health measure to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The government has implemented these emergency measures as a best practice to contain transmission of the virus.

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness accompanied by fever, cough, and respiratory problems, according to the World Health Organization.. Other symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, and headache.  Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those who are older or have other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.  Symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after someone has been exposed to the virus.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

Health professionals diagnose the coronavirus through laboratory tests of respiratory samples or of blood or other body fluids.

Is there a vaccine or treatment for the new coronavirus?

So far, no vaccine or antiviral treatment has been identified. Therefore, the best method to limit the spread of this virus is to quickly isolate people who have it (or are presumed to have it if they’ve been exposed to it) before infecting others, says Harvard Business Review.

How can you reduce your risk of getting coronavirus? 

Recommended steps to prevent disease include:

  • Clean your hands frequently
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, eating, using the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible, but especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick , except for medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose if you are sick

Clean and disinfect surfaces

Current evidence suggests that the new coronaviruses may remain viable for hours or days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, the CDC report. Cleaning visibly soiled surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory diseases in homes and community settings.  At least some coronaviruses can remain viable, capable of infecting a person, up to 24 hours in cardboard and up to three days in plastic and stainless steel, reports The Washington Post, citing research from a laboratory that is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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