Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus
As cases of 2019-nCoV infection have risen, there is still no known cure or vaccine to treat the virus. However, there are recommended preventive ways to avoid being exposed to this infection and to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue immediately in the trash.
- Frequently disinfect touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning equipment.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC recommends that people who are well do not necessarily need to wear a facemask to protect themselves. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
- The use of facemasks is also vital for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.
- Wash 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.
(If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. But always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty)
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to health care, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These suggested everyday habits that you should know to help prevent the spread of several viruses.