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How to protect yourself from coronavirus

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Health authorities are expected to confirm the fifth case in Australia today.

What started as a mystery virus last month in Wuhan, China, has now killed more than 50 people and infected hundreds more around the world.

Worldwide, more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus novel have been confirmed, and 56 people have died from the disease.

Health authorities said this morning a young female Chinese student is the likely to be the fifth case of the deadly coronavirus in Australia.

How to protect yourself from coronavirusThe coronavirus as seen under a microscope.

What you can do

Experts at the World Health Organisation have released guidelines for stopping the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

People are advised to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing.

Other symptoms of this coronavirus include fever and shortness of breath. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.

Scientists believe this coronavirus started in another animal and then spread to humans. So, health officials recommend cooking meat and eggs thoroughly.

A Chinese girl wears a protective mask as she stands on an overlook towards the Forbidden City, which was closed by authorities, during the Chinese New Year holiday on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China.

Anyone with underlying medical conditions should avoid live animal markets and raw meats altogether, since those people are "considered at higher risk of severe disease," the World Health Organization said.

But in general, the public should do "what you do every cold and flu season." That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you're the one feeling sick, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.

If you or your doctor suspect you might have the Wuhan coronavirus, the advice is to wear a surgical mask.

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People are also advised to avoid travel if they are sick, especially with a fever or cougch.

Australians advised not to travel to Wuhan or China's Hubei province

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has raised the level of travel advice for Wuhan and Hubei province to "do not travel" while the disease is now listed as having "pandemic potential" allowing boarder measures to be enhanced.

"China has been very helpful in sharing the genome sequence with us so we have a very good test and we can be absolutely categorical about whether this is the situation or not, and that is the situation in this case."

Experts are still learning about the virus and Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said it is important people arriving from Wuhan, as well as those in close contact with them, look out for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and difficulty breathing.


Source: 9News

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