How to protect yourself from COVID-19

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Public health officials have been urging people to prepare and not panic about the new coronavirus

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease which began in China in December 2019, has since migrated to at least 47 countries and has resulted in nearly 3,000 global fatalities

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Here are some do's and dont's to protect yourself:

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DO's

1. Reduce your stress. Countless studies have shown a correlation between stress and reduced immunity.

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Eat several servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drink at least eight glasses of water daily, and get eight hours of sleep.

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3.

Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

4.

Cough into your sleeve or a tissue, not your hands.

5.

Buy a surgical mask if you are sneezing, coughing, or have a sore throat, even if you do not have a fever.

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DONT'S

1. Do not spend unnecessary time in large groups or close to obviously sick people

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Do not just stand there if someone coughs near you; turn away if possible.

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Do not believe whatever you read on social media. Social media and other unreliable sources are spreading misinformation almost as fast as the coronavirus.

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