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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:
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.