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Types of Coronavirus & Travel Safety Tips

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Types of Coronavirus & Travel Safety Tips

Types of Coronavirus

According to the CDC, there are 7 types of Coronavirus that can affect humans. With so many different types of coronavirus, how do we know what is what? Here is a list of the 7 different types of coronavirus and some travel safety tips for you too. 

According to the CDC website, here are the 7 types of coronavirus and some details of what’s what:

  1. 229E
  2. NL63
  3. OC43
  4. HKU1
  5. MERS-CoV
  6. SARS-CoV
  7. SARS-CoV-2 A.K.A. COVID-19 
Coronavirus Image
Coronavirus Image

Of these 7 types of coronavirus, humans are most often infected with the 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKUA1 strains. However, the strain we are seeing in the news today is the SARS-CoV-2 or #7 above.

The SARS-Cov-2 is one of the rare coronavirues that can infect humans from animals and then spread person to person. The other two coronaviruses that spread this way are MERS-Cov and SARS-CoV, items #5 and #6 listed above. 

Like MERS-Cov and SARS-Cov, SARS-CoV-2 is a Betacoronavirus. All three viruses apparently originate from bats.  

What does Novel Coronavirus Mean?

If you have heard the Coronavirus called “the novel corona virus,” novel simply means (new). First detected in China, as of just hours ago, March 9, 2020, CDC reports the coronavirus has spread to 90 locations, including the United States.

The official name of the virus is SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019”. The abbreviated name is COVID-19. 

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    What types of animals carry the coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are common in many types of animal species including:

    1. camels
    2. cattle
    3. cats
    4. bats 

    I find myself wondering if dogs can get the coronavirus?? Hours ago, I checked the CDC’s website and there was no mention of dogs. I will keep checking it and will update this page if I find anything. 

    Scientist in face mask
    Scientist wearing face mask

    Interim HealthCare Reviews & Updates

    First, I think it is very important to not panic. Just stay calm, stay apprised of the information and go about your daily business.

    Second, go to really good sources to get your news. For interim healthcare reviews, I recommend checking out websites like US Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization

    To make things really simple, sign up for the CDC’s email updates and they will let you know when something changes. That is what I do. You can sign up on the CDC website here. (down on left bottom of their travel page). 

    Image of Cruise Ship
    Image of Cruise Ship

    Is it Safe to Take a Cruise Right Now?

    If you are even thinking of getting on a cruise ship, filled with lots of people, from all different places, I urge you to check out the CDC’s page on travel information regarding the coronavirus first. 

    The CDC is recommending, as of hours ago, that you do not take a cruise right now. You can read more about their warnings and information here.  

    Travel Safety Tips for the Holidays & Beyond

    According to the CDC, there is not yet a vaccine to prevent getting the coronavirus 19 or COVID-19. 

    With that said, it can seem a bit scary to travel right now. But life is full of holidays, birthdays, graduation parties, anniversaries, vacations and other amazing milestone events we should not have to miss.

    The CDC recommends that you do your best to limit your exposure to the disease and here are some tips they recommend:  

    1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    3. Stay home when you are sick.
    4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    6. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 

    CDC does not recommend you wear a face mask right now, unless you are sick yourself (to avoid spreading disease further), or if you are a healthcare or home health care professional. If you do live or work around sick people, you absolutely should be wearing a face mask. 

    Red Image of Coronavirus Sign
    Red Coronavirus Image

    Beware of Coronavirus Cyber Criminal Scams

    That may sound strange but hours ago, I received an email from Lifelock.com about coronavirus phishing scams. The email mentioned that cybercriminals are now using our fear of the coronavirus to take advantage of us.

    They apparently send phishing email that sound as if they will update you, when they really are just trying to steal your personal information or infect your device with malware. 

    So be careful. 

    I urge you to be careful opening anything you do not know, trust and/or recognize and in doubt, do as I do…delete…delete…delete.  

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