5 facts about the Coronavirus – How to stay safe?

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a very large and well known family of viruses that you can find in both animals and humans, however the coronavirus that’s terrorizing the world is a new strain that hasn’t been previously detected before the outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

#1 Can I take antibiotics to prevent/treat the Coronavirus?
No, antibiotics have no effect on viruses they are only used for bacterial infections.
The Wuhan Coronavirus is virus, this means that antibiotics won’t help either prevent or treat this pathology.

#2 Can I get sick from touching an airplane seat or by breathing on a plane?
It’s very unlikely, analysis have shown that coronaviruses don’t survive long on objects, such as seats, package or plastics. Airplanes also have filters and purifiers on board that prevent the spread of infectious diseases by air, nevertheless is important to wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
The best way to prevent getting the virus is to avoid contact with crowds or sick people, practicing good respiratory hygiene, like sneezing or coughing into a flex elbow. and wash your hands regularly with either alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

#3 Can I catch Coronavirus from my pet?
No, currently there’s no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or have spread the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

#4 How long is the incubation period of the Coronavirus
The incubation period refers as the time between infection and appearance of symptoms of disease. Current estimates of the incubation period range from 1to 12.5 days with an average of 5-6 days. Based on information from other coronavirus diseases, such as MERS and SARS, the incubation period of 2019-nCoV could be up to 14 days.

#5 What to do if I have a trip coming up and I can’t cancel it?
If you are traveling to a high-risk area you should always have proper medical insurance that covers you in case of infection, you can get Coronavirus insurance using this link. It’s very important that you avoid eating raw food or animals, and wash your hands frequently. The use of face masks can help prevent the disease as long as you take the necessary precautions (don’t touch the mask after is on, change it regularly).
Keep your relevant medical history handy, and a detail of the places you have been in case you need to consult with a doctor.

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