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Mexico Confirms First 2 Cases Of Coronavirus

FILE: Conceptual illustration of the coronavirus as if it were observed from a microscope.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s assistant health secretary says the country now has two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Friday that one of the patients is in Mexico City and the other in the northern state of Sinaloa, and neither is seriously ill. At least five family contacts have been placed in isolation.

He said that one of the men had contact with someone who had traveled to the northern Italian region where that country has seen a local outbreak.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appeared to downplay the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus, saying “it isn’t even equivalent to influenza.”


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How do I prevent it? 

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. 
  • If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it. 

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