This Chinese New Year has been dampened by news from China as well as all around the world on the escalation of the coronavirus infection rate. The hike in the coronavirus infection rate may be caused by transmission from humans whom do not show any symptoms of infection.
The coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. The incubation period of the coronavirus is between 2 to 14 days and it remains contagious during this time notwithstanding the person showing no symptoms at all. Symptoms include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties and it can be fatal.
How does the coronavirus spread?
While we don’t yet understand the particulars of how this virus spreads, according to this recent Harvard Medical blog, coronaviruses usually spread through droplets containing large particles that typically can only be suspended in the air for three to six feet before dissipating.
The coronavirus is thought to be spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the things you should do to protect against coronavirus infection
So what are the things that you could do to protect you and your family from getting infected with the coronavirus? Below is a list of things (in no particular order) that you can do to protect you and your family from getting infected with the coronavirus:
- Stay at home as much as possible. Avoid crowded areas.
- If you have to go out, wear a good surgical mask (not those flimsy ones), goggles and disposable gloves.
- Avoid shaking hands or cheek kissing if you suspect viruses are circulating.
- Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitising gel or anti-bacterial wipes.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
- Always wash your hands before you eat.
Useful Chinese Words and Phrases
Being stuck in a foreign land can be difficult and inconvenient, especially if you don’t understand the language. Below are some Chinese words and phrases that could assist you:
|Tissue Paper||棉纸||Mián zhǐ||Audio|
|Hand sanitizer gel||洗手液||Xǐshǒu yè||Audio|
|Anti-bacterial wet wipes||抗菌湿巾||Kàngjùn shī jīn||Audio|
Wǒ yāomǎi kǒuzhào
I want to buy masks
Wǒ yāomǎi xǐshǒu yè
I want to buy hand sanitizer
Qǐngwèn xǐshǒujiān zài nǎ’er?
Where is the toilet?
If you think there are other words or phrases that should be added, please let us know.
Interactive Map of Wuhan Coronavirus cases
Below is the link to a live tracker of the coronavirus infection around the world.