There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. Therefore, the best way to avoid infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Unfortunately, 2019-nCoV is not spreading in the United States and Canada, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.
There is no one fool-proof way to prevent coronavirus, but there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk. Covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding close contact with sick people are reasonable preventive measures.
If you’re feeling sick, stay home from work or school and avoid close contact with others. If you’ve been in contact with someone who has coronavirus or recently travelled to a country where the virus is prevalent, monitor your health closely and seek medical attention if necessary.
There is no cure for coronavirus, but early diagnosis and treatment can improve your chances of recovery.
How To Prevent Coronavirus
However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
- are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Finally, stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. However, CDC does have specific guidance for travellers.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. However, people infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact their healthcare provider immediately. See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.