At least 11 European countries now have confirmed cases of coronavirus and a potential outbreak in the US is inevitable. The easy thing to do would be to panic but there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself today.
Coronavirus appears to demonstrate a similar pathology as other viruses; most notably Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and the endemic human strain (HCoV).
Some of the viruses listed above can remain infectious on glass, metal and plastic surfaces for up to ten days at a time and are weakened by temperatures reaching 30 or 40 degrees Celsius (roughly 86 degrees Fahrenheit and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively).
What you can do: Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough. Do not travel to mainland China and South Korea as well as Italy, Iran and Japan unless absolutely necessary. Stocking up on a two week supply of food and water as well as over-the-counter medications isn’t a bad idea either.
Coronavirus is quite scary but it may help companies think differently when it comes to employees taking time off.