Recently, I’ve heard this situation being compared to the 1918 Spanish flu, which got me paranoid. So now I wash my hands after going out, holding on to railings, and so on.
Housewife (Japanese), 35
As well as hand-washing and gargling, I carry antibacterial wipes with me and keep a hand cleaner by the door for when I come home. I also try to avoid busy places.
Researcher (British), 29
I’m not so concerned, but I do what my wife and mother-in-law say. My work says that if I leave the country I have to wear a mask for two weeks, so I’m staying put.
Admin. (Japanese), 30
I wash my hands and gargle every time I come home, but I think it’s kind of impossible to keep yourself completely safe from any virus if you live in a big city.
Technologist (U.S.), 40
I think the severity of this flu has been exaggerated. There’s a risk of a lot of people being infected, but the symptoms seem mild and most people recover within a week or so.
English teacher, 32
I’ve been following the news, so now I wash my hands for 30 seconds, including the wrists, between the fingers and under the nails. And you should gargle too.