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Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, it is sine qua non you take some preventive measures to protect yourself and your family.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there's a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.

Recently, China declared the situation out of control in the fight against the corona virus, and demands the World Health Organization to declare a state of emergency in the country.

In a related news, Saudi Arabia announces the departure of three Saudi aircraft to bring Saudi nationals in the country of China in the coming hours soon while Russia has announced the closure of the airspace and the suspension of all its incoming and outgoing flights to China Corona flu is spreading in many countries of the world and hundreds of cases in hospitals.

Here's what you need to know to make good decisions to plan, prepare and even prevent the spread of the disease.

Flu Prevention

1- Wash your hands. Why? Viruses can spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, close contacts can be infected. In addition, the virus can end up on doorknobs, elevator buttons and other surfaces. If you touch those surfaces and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you can become infected.

2- You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by avoiding people who are sick. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.

3- Avoid traveling to the affected places. If you are sick and have reason to believe it may be the affected places due to travel to these regions or coming into contact with someone who has been there, you should let a health care provider know and seek treatment early.

4- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.

5- Take sparkling or chewing vitamin C twice a day and seek medical assistance when deemed fit.

Flu symptoms:

1- Heat
2- Coughing
3- Sore throat
4- Tremor
5- Runny nose
6- Head ache
7- General fatigue

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