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What is the coronavirus?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has spread worldwide, but is infecting a very small percentage of the world’s population. Approximately 97% of persons that have been infected with the virus are surviving. The World Health Association (WHO) has declared the spread of the virus a pandemic because it has spread to multiple continents.
The influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, has existed for many centuries and has infected and killed many more people than the coronavirus. Whatever precautions you have taken in your lifetime to avoid getting the flu should be taken to avoid getting the coronavirus.
How you can reduce the chances of getting the coronavirus, the flu, and any other virus:
Avoid contact with persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
Do not touch your face unless you know your hands are clean.
If you use a public washroom, wash your hands and use a piece of paper to turn off the faucet. Do not touch the handle or knob because it has been touched by unwashed hands. When you leave the washroom, use a piece of paper to open the door because the door knob/door handle has probably been touched by unwashed hands.
If you buy gasoline, remember that the gas pump handle is not sanitary. After pumping gas, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands. If this is not possible, avoid touching your face until after you have used hand sanitizer and/or washed your hands.