What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals, including humans and birds. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections which are typically mild, but may rarely be lethal. This current virus is part of the same family as the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus which killed 774 during an outbreak in China between 2002 - 2003.
Whilst these viruses usually don't spread from animal to human, the new coronavirus was likely transmitted from touching or eating an infected animal in Wuhan.
- Avoid animals (live or dead), especially if they come from places such as food markets. Make sure to cook any meat that is for consumption.
- Make sure you have a safehouse or place to go in the event that you need to move out of your home.
These are just a few quick tips on how to prepare for a disaster such as a viral outbreak but you must do your own planning and think about your current situation. Stay safe.