Coronavirus – 7 Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Last edited on April 9th, 2020.
Be informed and follow safety precautions to keep the COVID-19 risk down and avoid the virus from spreading.
What is a Coronavirus?
“Coronavirus” is an umbrella term for many types of viruses. This group of viruses has been known for decades and can cause respiratory diseases in both people and animals. What has been most publicized lately is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — COVID-19 (previously 2019-nCoV), which is a new strain. According to the World Health Organization, this strain had not been previously identified in humans.
The COVID-19 has infected hundreds of thousands of people, mainly in Wuhan, China, since December 2019. But, as of April 9, 2020, it has hit every inhabited continent. Of course, with several cases occurring around the world, including the US, this has resulted in a public scare of a global epidemic.
What are the Coronavirus symptoms?
Those infected with COVID-19 show varied symptoms. They can be mildly sick or severely ill. Worldwide, there are more 1,476,819 confirmed cases and 87,816 deaths. In the US, there are 432,132 total cases and 14,817 deaths.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath and may appear after exposure in as little as 2 days or as many as 14 days.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are within about 6 feet with one another.
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. CDC is still learning more about this. They recommend frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
In which US states can I contract the Coronavirus?
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 is now a pandemic, which is defined as a global outbreak of disease. Therefore, there’s a risk that most of the U.S. population may, at some point, become exposed to this virus.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
What do I do if I’m sick?
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
Keep in mind there’s no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection, but those infected should contact their health care provider, nevertheless. And stay home if you’ve got the symptoms!
Should I wear a face mask?
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
How can I prevent contracting COVID-19?
Currently, there’s no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, so follow these everyday tips to avoid being exposed to the virus:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. This is the best way to get rid of germs from your hands. As an alternative, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you haven’t washed your hands, don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Keep a safe distance from people who are infected or show signs of the illness.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash.
- The objects and surfaces that are touched often should be cleaned and disinfected. Use disposable microfiber cloths and antimicrobial products that are effective against Coronavirus.
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