Coronavirus is an infectious illness that originated in the city of Wuhan of China. This particular strain, known as COVID-19, mutated from other coronaviruses and has proven especially difficult to treat. It has already caused fatalities in the elderly and demographics with compromised immune systems. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has spread to other countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, and most countries in Europe and Asia. Nearly 100,000 people have been confirmed infected by the disease, which has caused over 3,000 deaths. However, it’s assumed that the numbers may be higher due to people with mild symptoms, which can include a fever and coughing, not being tested for the virus. The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency due to the infection.
Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus
Understandably, people would worry about contracting COV-ID, especially if they live or travel in areas with confirmed infections. The Centers for Disease Control warns that most people will only have mild symptoms. However, those people with health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at risk of more severe illness and potential illnesses.
Although people have taken to wearing masks to protect themselves from contracting the virus, this is ineffective and may actually harm those who have not already been infected. The best time to wear a mask is to protect others from the virus if you already have become infected by coronavirus.
For those who want to protect themselves from the infection, the CDC advises frequent handwashing for a full twenty seconds when possible and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hand washing is not an option. Furthermore, people should avoid touching their face if their hands are not properly cleaned as this can introduce the virus into their eyes, mouth, and nose. If possible, travelers should avoid contact with animals and crowds, which may impact where people choose to travel.
Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The United States has already suspended entry for some foreign nationals and has implemented monitoring who travelers who may have come into contact with the virus.The government has warned against nonessential air travel to several countries, including the following:
- South Korea