The best prevention against the coronavirus is still washing your hands. Here's the proper way to do it

By Scottie Andrew and Yiwen Niu, CNN

(CNN)When it comes to novel coronavirus protectionface masks are futile. There isn't a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus is washing your hands -- thoroughly -- with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And yes, there's a right way to wash your hands. It's something of an art form -- a timed, multistep process that can involve some light singing.

Here's the CDC's official hand-washing how-to. All you need to follow along is a sink and soap.

How long can coronavirus survive on surfaces?


As a new coronavirus spreads quickly around the world, US health officials say they are "aggressively" assessing how long it can survive on surfaces to better understand the risk of transmission.

Based on what is known about similar coronaviruses, disease experts say the new outbreak of the virus, named COVID-19, is mainly spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Contact with fecal matter from an infected person may also transmit the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

Google Discovered the Secret Weapon to Building a Great Team. It's a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Inc. By Justin BarisoAuthor, EQ Applied@JustinJBariso

After Years of Research, Google Discovered the Secret Weapon to Building a Great Team. It's a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Years of research provide a major clue as to how to get the most out of your team.

Great companies are made up of great teams. It's one thing to hire a bunch of rock stars, but it's a completely different thing to get those stars to work together. 

That's why a few years ago, Google went on a mission: discover how to build the perfect team. 

Test kits, CDC says its coronavirus test kit is ready for primetime

"This has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked," Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said.

For more than a month, officials throughout the country have been asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enable more widespread testing for coronavirus.

But technical difficulties reduced the number of laboratories in the U.S. with working test kits to only about a dozen, including CDC headquarters in Atlanta. That delayed results for suspected patients and frustrated public health authorities.

Things changed this week: Top federal health officials announced they had modified the testing protocol, expanded criteria for who could be tested and worked out the technical problems with the tests, positioning more state and local laboratories to finally have the ability to test for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. But, the officials acknowledged, the process was rocky.

Test Kit

Criticism of slow responses

Authorities in Wuhan and Hubei provinces have been criticised for downplaying the severity of the outbreak and responding more slowly than they could have. The Beijing-based media journal, Caixin noted that Hubei did not roll out the first level of "public health emergency response mechanism" until 24 January, while several other provinces and cities outside the centre of the outbreak have already done so the day before.

The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

Summary of article from the New York Post

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

By Steven W. Mosher

February 22, 2020 

A national system to control biosecurity risks must be put in place “to protect the people’s health,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said.

Xi didn’t actually admit that the coronavirus now devastating large swaths of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But the very next day, evidence emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened, as the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive titled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”

Read that again. It sure sounds like China has a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes where they belong, doesn’t it? And just how many “microbiology labs” are there in China that handle “advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus”?

It turns out that in all of China, there is only one. And this one is located in the Chinese city of Wuhan that just happens to be … the epicenter of the epidemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations and resources for Utah

The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in Wuhan, China.  It is spread during coughing or sneezing. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, loss of appetite (84%) digestive issues (50%) such as diarrhea (29%). Hand washing, maintaining distance from people who are coughing, and avoiding touching one's face are recommended to prevent the disease. 

Hospitalizations in US

March 18, 2020 source

  •   1% age 0-19
  • 20% age 20-44
  • 18% age 45-54
  • 17% age 55-64
  • 26% age 65-84
  •   9% age 85+

How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:


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