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The world is panicking in the face of the new and deadly virus. What else is new, you might say? This one, though, is a "beauty" - there are very little ways to protect yourself from micro-particles that travel through air and get inhaled by thousands of people at a time. 213 registered deaths and thousand of cases/day in China and multiple cases all over the world.
So what do we do in order to protect ourselves, if we have to travel?
China is a very large nation and the most populous one, which is playing against us. Chinese residents travel all around the world and just yesterday I've seen several of them checking into a hotel wearing medical masks. Unfortunately, those don't really protect you or them, for that matter. The virus particles can still get through or around the mask and be picked up by healthy people over the air.
What you can do is clean your hands well after being in public places, use disinfectant liquids with more than 60% alcohol content to sanitize hands and frequently touched surfaces in your home. Avoid coming into close contact with other people in public places, so make sure the less people sneeze on you, the better. This is hard to prevent in airports, so airborne viruses have a great chance of transmission there.
When you are sick, stay home. Key symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If these manifest, see a doctor right away.
If you have travel plans, check travel advisory on the U.S. Department of State website, or at the Health Department of your country. These agencies react quickly to health emergencies and will have recommendations for your destination.
Stay healthy everyone!