News Alert: International: Latest information and how to protect yourself from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Information):

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International: The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China by Chinese authorities in December 2019, and has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.

Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.

There are ongoing investigations on this new virus, and to track the spread and virulence of the virus.

**** Here’s the latest information regarding the Novel Coronavirus: ****

** As of 12:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, February 29th, 2020: **

** Globally: **

  • Confirmed: 83,652 (1,358 New)

** China: **

  • Confirmed: 78,961 (133 New)
  • Deaths: 2,791 deaths (44 New)

** Outside of China: **

  • Confirmed: 4,691 (1,027 New)
  • Countries: 51 (5 New)
  • Death: 67 (10 New)

** United States of America: **

  • Confirmed Cases: 59 (0 New)
  • Total Deaths: 0 (0 New)
  • Transmission Classification: Local Transmission
  • Days Since Last Reported Case: 2

** Confirmed and Presumptive Positive Cases in the United States: **

  • Travel-Related: 12 Confirmed and 0 Presumptive Positive
  • Person-To-Person Spread: 3 Confirmed and 0 Presumptive Positive
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 15 Confirmed and 0 Presumptive Positive
  • Total Tested: 459 Confirmed and N/A Presumptive Positive

** World Health Organization’s Risk: **

  • China: Very High
  • Regional: Very High
  • Global: Very High

**** How to protect yourself from the Novel Coronavirus: ****

Health organizations and government officials are providing information to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

– Wash your hands frequently; washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water kills the virus if it is on your hands.

– Practice respiratory hygiene; when coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

– Maintain social distancing; maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

– If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

– Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms. Why? Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.

– If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.

– As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets

– Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products.

– Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats).

– Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.

– Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products; handling raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

**** More Information: ****

– World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

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