Local health expert shares precautions you can take to protect yourself from coronavirus

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 13:55:08-04

NORFOLK, Va.  — As new cases of coronavirus continue to emerge, News 3 is reaching out to the experts to help you navigate this global health crisis.

Dr. Brian Martin is the Director of the Eastern Virginia Medical School's Public Health Program.

He stopped by the News 3 studio to answer some of the following questions:

  • What does this virus mean for us when out in crowded or public spaces? What extra precautions should be taken in these spaces?
  • When it comes to self quarantine, what do people need to have in their home? What impact may this have on others who live with them?
  • What precautions should we take in public, for example, when going to the grocery store?
  • His advice on how to remain calm, yet informed as we learn more about this serious public-health issue.

As health fears spread, many universities in Virginia have closed their campuses. As of right now, more than 20 schools have confirmed their plans to move to online schooling. To see a full list of schools involved, click here.

On Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency after 17 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Virginia. A handful of cases have been confirmed in Hampton Roads.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in the state on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will issue a travel restriction between the US and Europe beginning Friday due to the spread of coronavirus. During his rare Oval Office address, he said the travel restriction will last at least 30 days.

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