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How can I protect myself from getting infected by the new Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? Does wearing a medical mask helps in keeping away this Novel Coronavirus?

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With all the news about people dying from the new Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), it almost seem like something out of the movie "Contagion" (year 2011), where many people were dying from the infectious flu. Because this is an actual deadly virus flu which can kill people quickly, I am quite worried about what life is going to be like, wearing a mask everywhere I go.

I don't quite like the idea of wearing medical mask and breathing through it for 8 to 10 hours everyday. It makes me feel like we are living in Planet Mars and we need the mask to survive or else we could all perish. Although there are very few people infected with this coronavirus in Canada, but the thought that this virus spreads like wild fires and there are still no cure for the infected people, is a cause for big concern.

Businesses in Canada especially malls, restaurants, stores and other usually crowded public spaces are quite deserted these days, due to fears of this novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). We haven't come to the stage where anyone seen coughing and sneezing will be taken for quarantine but if this novel coronavirus were to really take roots in Canada, people seen coughing sneezing could be taken away for quarantine for 14 days or more.

I do have a very strong immune system according to my family physician, i actually have an overactive immune system which causes me to have unknown hives. My body even reacts to harmless food in the form of food allergy like Milk, Seafood, Eggs, Eggplant, Beef and Nuts. Now, with this strong immune system in a body, is it possible for someone to fight off this deadly novel coronavirus?

If someone is indeed infected with this novel coronavirus, what is the best way to survive this flu infection? Are there any cure or vaccines as of yet? Who is at risk of developing severe illness from being infected by this virus?
asked in Saint - Jean - Sur - Richelieu by Yanny

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Wearing a mask to prevent yourself from contracting corona virus is a good and safe practise. Be warned that wearing the right type of mask matters a lot and that those simple surgical mask won't help much in preventing you from getting the corona virus. You will need those respiratory type of mask that completely filters the virus, in order to successfully prevent you from getting the corona virus.

Research have shown that the ordinary surgical mask you see people wearing on the streets does little to prevent you from getting infected with the corona virus. It actually helps people who already contracted the disease from spreading it further through their cough droplets going into the open air. Rather you should take care not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes often if you suspect your hand are dirty. There are no vaccines yet for this deadly corona virus and every care should be taken to avoid contracting the virus or the results could be deadly for you.

Some of the preventative ways to avoid getting the corona virus flu:

1. Always wash your hands with soap or use a sanitizer that contains alcohol to kill off the virus.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, since these three are the points of entry for the corona virus into your body. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue paper or on your sleeve. Avoid spreading the virus and germs to other people in case you are already infected with the virus.

3. If you see other people sneezing and coughing, try to avoid them immediately and stay at least 6 feet away from them.

4. When you are feeling sick, you should stay at home in self isolation until you get well. Do not go out and spread the virus to other people.

5. Use a disinfectant to clean surfaces such as your house table, counter top, door knobs, plates, cup and other areas.

6. You can build up your immune system to prepare it to fight off the virus in case of infection. In order to build up your immune system, you need to get enough sleep daily, stat hydrated with lots of water, eat healthy food and daily supplements, reduce intake of processed food like can foods and preservatives foods.
answered by Yovani

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