Ever since the deadly coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China this month, the deadly virus has been spreading at an alarming pace, subsequently infecting thousands of people across the globe.

China has descended into mass hysteria as people desperately attempt to protect themselves from the virus, and many flights in and out of the country have been grounded.

And for those who have been traveling, they have been going to some extreme lengths to protect themselves.

Scroll to see what protocols have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus and how some people have been desperately trying to protect themselves...

Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.

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The Chinese city, which has a population of over eleven million citizens, is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.

It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...

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Reuters has given a short guide to what it is exactly: "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

They also wrote this...

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"Coronavirus infections can lead to respiratory illnesses - some of which can be severe and deadly, and some of which can be much milder, such as the common cold."

The symptoms can be deadly...

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

And everyone is asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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The strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva, Chinese officials say.

It is notoriously difficult to cure...

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Because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read: "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."

And, sadly, the casualties so far have proved to be fatal.

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So far, there have been over 20,645 cases of the virus, and 427 people have confirmed to have died.

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and in at least 23 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.

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There are currently eleven active cases being monitored in the US, but because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.

The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak.

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The United Nations’ health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.

Travelers have been advised against visiting the infected city...

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And thousands have been hastily canceling all travel plans.

Extra precautions have been taken by these brave travelers...

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And the majority have been donning face masks in an attempt to lessen the chance of catching or spreading the virus.

But some people have taken some rather interesting tactics to avoid infection...

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And we're not talking about face masks or hand sanitizers, here.

Things have been getting quite silly.

Various travelers have been spotted going to extreme lengths to avoid catching the virus... Including this woman who, rather foolishly and rather dangerously, put a giant plastic bag over her head.

It appears that some people would rather suffocate than catch the virus...

An entire family was captured, standing patiently in a check-in queue, while all wearing giant plastic bags that covered their heads and bodies.

But it seems that these bizarre methods are being encouraged...

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Retailer Under The Weather has created these tent-like pods that we humans can wear.

They're called StadiumPods...

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And initially, they were designed as giant $79 umbrellas to protect us from unpredictable weather at events such as sporting matches or family days out.

They were invented in 2010 by Rick Pescovitz...

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And his brother, David, shared online how his inventive brother decided to wear one of his StadiumPods while traveling on a passenger plane.

Rick had no shame...

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He wrote on his blog, "As travelers are taking unusual steps to protect themselves from the Coronavirus, from wearing water jugs on their heads to covering themselves in plastic tarps, my brother thought to see how his StadiumPod, meant for seated spectators at sports games, would work on an airplane. He tells me the flight attendant happily took his photo and that the man who sat next to him didn't even bat an eye. Stay safe out there!"

Obviously, these methods are not effective ways of avoiding the virus.

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No amount of plastic will protect you from the coronavirus... sorry.

It is probably best to ditch the plastic...

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And all other plans to travel in and around China. The coronavirus incident is still developing, and we will bring you updates throughout its progress.