How serious is the new Corona Virus? Can it be transmitted via goods?

Posted by loritacohen34 @loritacohen34, Feb 3 6:06pm

I'm not a medical person but I did have open heart surgery at The Mayo Clinic in 2004. I'd like to know if I can become infected with the virus via PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED IN CHINA? How long is the virus active and can it survive on 'things?' I'm concerned because many of the products we use and consume are made with components made in China. I understand that a virus that is resistant to treatment or a vaccination can wipe out the entire human race. Please advise and thank you. This is a real concern for me.

Hi @loritacohen34, I understand that you are concerned. It is important to get the facts, know the risks not just the hype, and learn what you can do. I've gathered a few articles for you from reputable sources to explain what we know about the coronavirus.

It is first important to point out that regular influenza B (the flu) poses a greater risk than the coronavirus in the US. Harvard Heath states:
"In the US, the average person is at extremely low risk of catching this novel coronavirus. This winter, in fact, we are much more likely to get influenza B — the flu — than any other virus: one in 10 people have influenza each flu season. It’s still not too late to get a flu shot, an easy step toward avoiding the flu. If you do get the flu despite having gotten the vaccine, studies show that severe illness, hospitalization, ICU admission, and death are less likely to occur."

Harvard Health https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-new-coronavirus-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2020012518747

The Center for Disease Control provides up to the minute, reliable information and talks about how the virus spreads.
How 2019-nCoV Spreads https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

Mayo Clinic recommends that you take the usual precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
– Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
– Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
– Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
– Clean surfaces you often touch.
– Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.

What is the novel coronavirus and how can I protect myself? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/infectious-diseases/expert-answers/novel-coronavirus/faq-20478727

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