Coronavirus - What's it gonna do?

Unless you have been living under a rock, there has been no way to avoid the impact that the current Coronavirus scare has inflicted on your life.  If you are in the stock market, you have watched some pretty scary volatility as the number of those infected inside the boundaries of the United States continues to grow.  Certain items like hand sanitizers and face masks are in high demand since they have been linked to countless ads touting them as key protectors from the rapidly advancing virus.

People are generally scared of the unknown, and nobody knows exactly what this virus is going to do.  There are lots of gloom and doomers out there, but there are also many who think this is an over hyped news story.  I am hoping for the latter, but in all reality, it probably lies somewhere between the two extremes.  It would be prudent for all of us to take some measure of precaution to protect ourselves and others from the current version of this virus called COVID-19.  What can you do?  At the very least it is recommended by many to do the following 4 things:
  1. Wash your hands often and thoroughly - use soap and water and scrub well for at least 20 seconds.  
  2. If you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer consisting of at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze - afterwards see #1 and #2 above.
  4. Don't touch your face with your hands.  Germ ridden hands touching your mouth, nose, and eyes is a recipe for introducing bad things to your body.  Again see #1 and #2 above.
There is no sure way to protect yourself or others from this virus, but awareness of your surroundings and doing the 4 things listed above can't hurt.  Only time will tell the impact of the Coronavirus.  Keep an eye on the information disseminated by the World Health Organization.  Check out their website,, for the most current information.