Coronavirus: How to avoid and how to know if you have it

There are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Fulton county. These are the first confirmed cases in Georgia. The virus appears to mainly spread from person to person.

What to look for:

Symptoms similar to a common cold. Runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache and a fever that can last for a couple of days.mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness.People usually get a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness.

For 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.

How does it spread:

Contact an infected person's secretions, such as droplets in a cough.

A cough, sneeze or handshake could cause exposure. Just like a cold, the virus can also be transmitted if you touch something the infected person has touched and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

What to do:

If your symptoms feel worse than a standard cold.....GO TO THE DOCTOR!

However, there is no specific antiviral treatment as of today.

Experts say symptoms will usually go away on their own.

A room humidifier or a hot shower can help with a sore throat or cough.

How to avoid:

There is no vaccination.

According to the CDC, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect evrything you touch.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you are diagnosed:

The period of quarantine for coronavirus is 14 days from the last date of exposure.

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