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How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus? Is there vaccine?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that common throughout the world and cause illness ranging from the cold to more severe diseases like pneumonia, middle east respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome. Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person by coughing, sneezing or touching.

As we know, the first case of new coronavirus from China was reported in Boston, MA. According to the World Health Organization, a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

"There’s a lot that we don’t know," said Dr. Nora Colburn. "So that’s, I think, part of the issue why people are so nervous."

There is no sense of panic. “Coronavirus is scary, but the flu is deadlier, more widespread”, - USA Today said. We need to realize that every flu season influenza kills up to 61,000 Americans. The flu can be more dangerous. Most people get over the flu on their own without any lasting problems. But sometimes, the flu can lead to dangerous complications. That’s why it’s important to stay healthy in the first place. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine reduces the odds of getting the flu by 70% to 90%.

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus right now, but we can do the simple things to reduce the risks and to protect ourselves and our children:

· Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water to make sure your hands are clean. The flu virus can infect you when you touch or rub your eyes, nose or mouth.

· Avoid close contacts with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

· Wear masks when in a crowded place

· No unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals

· Thoroughly cook meat and eggs

Common Symptoms of Coronavirus:

· Fever

· Chest pain

· Cough and sore throat

· Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

· Headache

If you experience conditions that have flu-like symptoms you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

North Shore residents can schedule an appointment with doctor in Peabody MA Alexander Katz ONLINE or call: (978) 594-8980

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