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If you’re reading this, you’re likely no stranger to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic.
The newly discovered Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is shutting down cities all over the world. Doctors, health experts and researchers all over the world are struggling to track, understand and contain the virus thought to have originated in Wuhan, China.
But amidst all the panic, news reports and social media blabber, it’s easy to lose sight of the facts that are truly important for all of us to know.
Keep scrolling to view our interactive infographic on COVID-19, which includes live data that shows how the disease is affecting people all over the globe.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a newly discovered type of coronavirus.
This new strain of virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has not been previously identified in humans. It can be transmitted from person to person via respiratory droplets, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes within 6 feet of contact.
The WHO has declared the virus as a global pandemic and a crisis unlike any other in the 75-year history of the UN.
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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Pharmaceutical teams and researchers are still working on a vaccine for the Coronavirus disease, but there are steps you can take to prevent catching and spreading the virus.
The best thing you can do is practice basic hygiene and wash your hands regularly. Make sure that each wash lasts for about 20 seconds to ensure the complete removal of germs.
WHO recommends using soap and water, but if that's not readily available, you can also use a good quality hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands. In case you’re experiencing the symptoms, wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus to others.
If you don’t have a mask available, make sure you catch your cough or sneeze with a tissue or by covering your mouth with your elbow.
Stay at home, avoid public gatherings and try to minimize contact with people who are sick.
Make sure you communicate to others the importance of social distancing, so you don’t go around offending anyone you care about.
Keep your house and surrounding areas clean. Make sure you disinfect objects in your house that are touched frequently, like light switches, door knobs, door handles and mobile phones.
You can disinfect easily using bleach or alcohol solutions. As for touchpoints in public places, avoid using your bare hands altogether.
Check out our detailed infographic on Coronavirus Prevention Do's and Don’ts to learn more about how to protect yourself from catching and spreading COVID-19.
How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting you? What are you doing to protect yourself and your loved ones from catching and spreading this virus?
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Stay safe and wash your hands!