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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China. The said virus has caused the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency due to the 24,580 cases in Mainland China, 490 of which are deaths. The virus is quickly spreading to other parts of the world like Hong Kong and the Philippines which has 3 confirmed cases, as of writing.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS and MERS. The former came from civet cats, while MERS came from camels. To this day, little is known about the original source of the 2019-nCoV, but rest assured that health officials are working hard to identify the source.

Currently, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment available to prevent infection, however, there are preventive actions to prevent it from spreading, including:

  • Washing of hands often with soap and water

  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Avoiding touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people

  • Staying home when sick

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm

  • Taking Vitamin C to boost immunity

We may not know a lot about the virus, but we have a lot of ways to prevent it. So, before the virus even sets foot in your home or body, better be ready with the essentials that can be found in a Southstar Drug near you!