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Death Tolls Rise As The Coronavirus Spreads

As of this writing, a deadly new coronavirus has now reached 15 countries. There are currently over 4,515 confirmed cases of the virus, and it has claimed 106 lives.

Five people in the United States have been infected with the virus, including one in Los Angeles and another in Orange County. It is interesting to note that all five of these people had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, which is where the outbreak began.

Experts believe that the outbreak originated at a wholesale animal market in Wuhan where they sold live animals, including bats, snakes, rats and minks. Their tests showed that the pneumonia-like virus jumped from animals to humans. Chinese authorities have temporarily banned the sale of wildlife in markets and restaurants.

Officials report that human-to-human transmission is occurring in China. The virus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, personal contact (touching or shaking hands), or touching an object with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

The Centers for Disease Control says that if you haven’t traveled to China or come in close contact with someone who has been there recently, your risk of getting the virus is relatively low at this time. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, they recommend that you keep your hands washed, and avoid touching your eyes or nose with unwashed hands. You should avoid close contact with sick people, and if you are sick, you should stay home. It is also good to disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

By the way, if you were planning a trip to China, you may want to postpone your trip and avoid that place for now.