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COVID-19 has a viral profile like the flu. It's respiratory & spread by contact, not airborne.
It responds to the same basic precautions & measures that mitigate against the flu. Let's be wise - use sanitizers, wash hands thoroughly, & avoid unnecessary contact.
And a few more notes while we're here:
I'm an oncology pharmacist and work in sterile prep. COVID-19 is not airborne meaning the virus isn't viable in the air for extended periods of time. It is however spread by aerosol media. 1/
So if the virus is in any liquid that is airborne, the virus can be spread, i.e., vapors from a cough or sneeze or even heavy breathing.
It is killed by most soaps & sanitizers so washing hands, keeping kitchen/bathroom surfaces clean does help. 2/
Some positive findings so far:
There are many who have had a full course of the illness and recovered. The worst cases involve older patients or those with other conditions, such as respiratory, cardio-vascular illnesses, immuno-compromised states, or cancer. 3/
If diagnosed & supported with proper care, most healthy patients will recover.
It is like flu in this sense.

Finally, there are already vaccines coming within 12-18 months.
Bad news, it may end up being a seasonal reality like the flu. Good news, it can be managed. 4/
It is not a hemorrhagic illness like Ebola, it is not immuno-compromising. It does not cause quick and catastrophic levels of fatality. It's not airborne. Therefore, we should be able to manage once health systems & govs catch up. Be wise, cautious, and caring. /End
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