The Wuhan Coronavirus is all everybody can talk about right now.

Ever since the first reported outbreak on the eve of the new year, the virus has been THE health scare of the new decade.

Whether that fear is warranted or not, we’ll leave up to the doctors and scientists. What we do know is that there are ways to minimize the risk of infection, if you take steps beforehand.

The Wuhan Coronavirus manifests itself with flu-like symptoms (which may be why most infected don’t even realize they have it) and have resulted in fatalities.

The virus is spread via the air (through very short distances, so it’s not technically airborne) and fluids (respiration discharges), so you might want invest in some surgical masks to protect yourself, especially if you’re always out in public.

It initially appeared to spread only by very close contact that would typically occur within a family — such as hugging, kissing, or sharing eating utensils — but now evidence is accruing that shows more distant contact could spread the virus, such as if a sick person were to sneeze or cough near someone else’s face.

Heymann said there is no evidence at this point that the virus is airborne and could be spread across a room, as happens with the flu or measles.

CNN

If you’re unsure you’re wearing the mask right, you’ll want to hit up this link and read up on the Do’s and Don’t’s.

If you don’t want to read the whole thing, just remember to have the correct side facing out, the flexible wire side facing up (and bent around your nose) and the mask covering your mouth AND nose.

Here are some other tips that you might want to adopt into your daily routine:

  • 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.
  • 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.

If you think you might have contracted the virus, do the following:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Don’t travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Above all, DON’T PANIC. The fatalities have all been those with prior conditions and/or elder.

Stay smart, stay safe.

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at Taipei Game Show 2020. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.