With headlines about the Wuhan coronavirus popping up 24/7, people all over the world are aware by now of the ongoing viral outbreak in China. Here are some important things to know about the virus.

Symptoms

For those who may suspect that they might be infected with the coronavirus, here are the major symptoms of the disease, according to Aljazeera.com. However, remember that experiencing any of the symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person is already infected. Proper laboratory testing is still needed to determine the exact virus with certainty.

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

Breathing difficulties

Pneumonia

Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Kidney failure

The publication stated that the exact incubation period of the novel coronavirus is still unknown. However, some sources say that it’s between 10 and 14 days.

What Not To Do For Those Who Develop The Symptoms

For those how have been to Wuhan or other affected areas in the past two weeks and start developing the symptoms, it’s probably best not to go straight to the hospital or your doctor’s clinic, according to The Telegraph. This is to prevent the suspected coronavirus carrier from spreading it to others.

In fact, the NHS suggests people who’ve been to Wuhan to "self-quarantine" themselves for at least two weeks. This means that they should not work or go to busy places where there a lot of people. Interaction must be kept to a minimum during this period and precautionary measures, such as the wearing of masks, must be observed.

How To Protect Against The Virus

The novel coronavirus can be spread via droplets when someone infected coughs and sneezes, just like the common cold or flu. These droplets could land anywhere and could stick to the hands of someone who touches the surfaces.

The person would get infected if he touches his eyes, nose or mouth after getting into contact with those virus-laden droplets. To prevent this from happening, hand hygiene is the most important line of defense.

Get rid of potential viruses from your hand with a sanitizing gel or by washing them with soap and water. For those who can’t sanitize their hands at the moment, they should refrain from touching their mouths, eye or nose.

With the epidemic still in full swing avoid kissing or shaking hands with anyone. Do not share snacks that require people to dip their fingers into a pack or a shared bowl.