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Australian doctor claims the coronavirus appears ‘not as contagious as measles’

Dr. Preeya Alexander, an Australian doctor has offered an insight into the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The doctor said that coronavirus spread more easily than a severe acute respiratory syndrome but ‘it is not contagious as measles.’

“A single contagious person with measles can infect 12-18 unvaccinated individuals. With coronavirus, it appears 1 contagious person can infect 1-3 other people,” she said.

Dr. Preeya Alexander is a general practitioner from Melbourne. Dr. Preeya posted an update regarding coronavirus on her Instagram page called The Wholesome Doctor.

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An update on coronavirus 🦠 – reading my #medical news this morning over a coffee I thought this is something that all of you would like to know too- it’s reassuring amidst what seems like a lot of hysteria and panic often around this virus; the more information we all have from reputable sources the better 🙌🏾 • Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that coronavirus is spread by close contact with a contagious person over a period of time – over time is the key here 👍🏾 • Coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets released from coughing or sneezing – experts are saying that walking past an infected person on the street is actually low risk- it’s likely not close enough to contract the illness if you’re simply walking past 🏃🏾‍♀️ • #Coronavirus does appear to spread more easily than SARS, but it’s not as contagious as #measles (which is highly contagious!). A single contagious person with measles can infect 12-18 unvaccinated individuals. With coronavirus it appears 1 contagious person can infect 1-3 other people 😷 • KEY way to protect yourself- avoid contact with unwell people and practice EXCELLENT hand hygiene (washing hands thoroughly) particularly before eating or touching your face 🤧🧼 • If you are concerned/think you have had contact with an infected person and you’re now unwell (cough, fever etc) ensure you let your GP/emergency department know AHEAD of time so they can quarantine you and protect others 🙏🏾 • As always sadly there is lots of misinformation on forums like this- garlic, mouth gargles, essential oil diffusers will have no effect in preventing nor treating coronavirus- there is not a drop of research to support these claims so be careful what you read 👍🏾 It’s OK to feel nervous but please know as a medical community this is often how we feel in flu season- which occurs yearly. All the right people – researchers, WHO, governments are onto this. So don’t panic, alert but not alarmed would be the way to go here 🙌🏾✌🏾 • Tag someone who might be interested in the update #thewholesomedoctor #coronavirusoutbreak #doctor #doctorsofinstagram #medicine #evidencebasedmedicine #health #coronavirusnews

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Dr. Preeya said: “Coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets released from coughing or sneezing. However, experts have confirmed walking past an infected person on the street is actually low risk.”

“Garlic, mouth gargles, and essential oil diffusers have no effect in preventing nor treating coronavirus. Avoid contact with unwell people and practice ‘excellent’ hand hygiene (washing hands thoroughly) particularly before eating or touching your face,” she continued.

The highly-contagious virus has infected more than 17,000 people worldwide including 12 cases in Australia four in New South Wales, four in Victoria, two in South Australia, and two in Queensland, the Department of Health confirmed.

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