HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Novel Corona Virus

The Novel Corona Virus is a member of the corona virus family that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. It is novel because it is new – we are just trying to understand more about it.
Although the first cases were seen in China, a couple of other countries have since reported cases too. So, this concerns everyone! How do you stay safe? Well read the advisory below from the WHO website:
WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
Stay safe!

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