COVID 19 is now spreading to countries in Europe and the Middle East.

There are now 80,000 cases worldwide.

COVID 19 has symptoms similar to the flu, but with more serious upper respiratory effects.

Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble says many health care professionals are ordering a different type of mask, called an N-95, which can be individually fitted to the person’s face. He says the ordinary “procedure masks” that you can buy in a store are not as effective.

He also added that good hygiene habits help prevent the spread of this virus and the flu.