Surgeons performing surgery with surgical masks on.
Surgeons performing surgery with surgical masks on. (Photo: Павел Сорокин/ Pexels)

Since it has been first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the coronavirus continues to threaten the lives not just of the Chinese people alone, but also all those that are from every corner of the world.

The virus is presently spreading fast. As reported by CNN World, the coronavirus has already inflicted about 43,105 people globally, among these are 42,638 cases in China alone.

Though the coronavirus has already been circulating the world for a while now, the public only has limited information about it. With insufficient knowledge, the virus created more fear among people and risks of inflicting more people of it. So to at least shed light amidst the darkness this virus is covering the world at present, the World Health Organization shared a couple of things the world must know regarding it.

IS IT SAFE TO RECEIVE PARCELS OR THINGS FROM CHINA OR FROM COUNTRIES INFECTED BY THE VIRUS?

Though researchers are still unaware of how long the virus can survive outside a host, one thing they are certain of, coronavirus doesn't have the ability to strive long on objects. Given this reason, people that have received packages from China or other countries infected by the virus are not at risk. So, there is still no reason for you to block or reject packages, letters, or parcels you are about to receive from your loved ones residing in these countries.

CAN PETS SPREAD THE NEW CORONAVIRUS?

As of the writing, there is still no specific study that shows whether or not pets such as cats and dogs can be a vessel of the virus to spread and infect more people. But since they can still sometimes become very prone to dirt and other bacteria, washing your hands before and after touching or cuddling your beloved companion is a must to do. Doing so could help you get protected from bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli, which can also do harm to your body.

ARE VACCINES AGAINST FLU AND PNEUMONIA EFFECTIVE TO PROTECT THE BODY FROM THE CORONAVIRUS TOO?

Based on the results of several studies, vaccines against flu and pneumonia don't have enough strength to fight off the new coronavirus. Experts say the virus itself is so different among other viruses that vaccines for such won't definitely work. Given this reason, a new vaccine is needed to be developed and the World Health Organization is currently working on it with hundreds of experts worldwide.