Pandemic expert Laurie Garrett outlines strict personal hygiene to avoid coronavirus

Pupils washing their hands at a sink in their school canteen before having their meals on Jan 7, 2020.
Pupils washing their hands at a sink in their school canteen before having their meals on Jan 7, 2020.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

WASHINGTON - The best way to protect against the coronavirus is to understand it is like the virus that causes the highly contagious common cold, said Ms Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-winning science writer who has written books on pandemics.

"About half of all common colds are coronaviruses, so they're in the same family with this very dangerous virus," she said.

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