How to protect yourself

•People who are sneezing, wheezing, coughing — just avoid them.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (it’s longer than you think — try saying the Pledge of Allegiance twice or silently sing “Happy Birthday” twice, too).

•Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.

•Apply the “not above the shoulders” rule — avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Commonly used surfaces — clean them often.

•You are actually at greater risk of getting the seasonal flu than this new virus — so get a flu shot.