What Can I Do to Help Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus?

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Ready for a big surprise? Coronaviruses are actually nothing new. Many different types of coronaviruses exist, some of which are associated with the common cold. However, in December 2019, a new type of coronavirus was first documented in Wuhan, China. This new — which explains the term "novel" — type of coronavirus was classified with the name COVID-19 to differentiate it from other types of coronaviruses. It spread quickly from continent to continent and country to country and was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Currently, no vaccine exists for COVID-19, and the virus spreads easily from person-to-person and by touching a surface that an infected person touched. Because the virus spreads so easily, many people are concerned and want to know how to protect themselves and their families. Here’s what you need to know to prevent the spread of this virulent strain of coronavirus by taking the right steps to protect yourself and others.