The information reported from the news is causing a panic about this virus. As viruses do, they can cause very serious illness in the elderly, the young, and anyone who's immune system is weakened. It is spread through the air from person to person, attaches in the lungs, and can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (reasons to seek medical attention.)
Prevent it from spreading by:
a) Staying home if you are ill. (Rest, drink extra fluids, treat fever.)
b) Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or bacterial hand sanitizer especially before and after eating, and when in close contact with others (hand shaking, providing physical care).
c) Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and throwing away tissues immediately.
d) Wipe down surfaces where viruses can linger (tables, sinks, handles of grocery carts, etc.)
KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH.
If you seek medical attention, alert the facility of your symptoms to avoid cross contamination with others.
For more information, refer to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)