Coronavirus(COVID-19): What You Need To Know
Interested in learning more about Coronavirus? Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus and What You Need To Do To Protect Yourself:
1.How many US and Worldwide deaths have there been?
As of March 1, 2020, there have been 3,001 deaths worldwide due to the Coronavirus with 1
of those occurring in the US.
2.What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a coronavirus infection can be similar to the flu or common cold including: shortness of breath, fever, runny nose, sore throat, and headache.
3.How is Coronavirus different than the flu
While Coronavirus is definitely something to be aware of, in the US, influenza has been responsible for 14,000 deaths and 250,000 hospitalizations with 26 million infected.
4.What is the incubation period of Coronavirus
This can range from 2-14 days meaning an infected person may be shedding virus and capable of spreading the disease without showing symptoms.
5.Is there a vaccine for Coronavirus?
There is no approved vaccine for Coronavirus. There are a number of companies experimenting with potential vaccines, but approval is likely months away.
6.Will antivirals or antibiotics work against the Coronavirus
New antivirals are being developed which may work against Coronavirus, but none are currently approved. Antivirals such as Tamiflu at not expected to show any benefit for the Coronavirus. Since it is a virus, antibiotics are not effective at treating Coronavirus though they may be prescribed for secondary bacterial infections.
7.What can I do to prevent getting Coronavirus?
As with the flu, CDC recommends frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based hand rub. Additionally, try to distance yourself by at least 3-6 feet from anyone who is sneezing or coughing. Always avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
8.What type mask should I purchase?
If you are healthy, the only time you would need to use a mask would be if you are caring for someone with Coronavirus. Masks labeled as N95 FFR are capable of filtering both viruses and bacteria.
9.What is new about Coronavirus?
While there are other Coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS, COVID-19 transmission to humans(likely in a Wuhan seafood market) is the first time this has occurred.
10.How does is spread?
Coronavirus can spread by close contact, respiratory droplets from coughing/sneezing, and contact with infected surfaces or objects.
11.Who is most at risk from dying from Coronavirus?
The elderly with pre-existing heart conditions or who are in poor health are most at risk of death from the coronavirus
12.Tips for using masks
If you have symptoms similar to coronavirus, wearing a mask may help prevent spreading it to others. Masks rated at N95 are most effective at filtering bacteria and viruses. While using a mask, do not touch the front of the mask.
13.How long can the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
Depending on the type of surface and environmental conditions, Coronavirus can persist on surfaces for between 2 hours and 9 days.
14.What is the source of the coronavirus COVID-19?
COVID-19 likely passed from animals to humans in a seafood market in Wuhan, China.
15.What other Coronaviruses are there?
Other coronaviruses include SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, and MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome.
16.Is this Coronavirus similar to SARS and MERS?
MERS and SARS cause much more severe respiratory symptoms than COVID-19.
17.What should I do if I had contact with someone with Coronavirus?
Know that it can take from 2-14 days for symptoms from the coronavirus to appear. Stay aware of symptoms and seek medical attention if you develop them.
18.When should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you become symptomatic and recently travelled to a country with a known Coronavirus outbreak, consider getting tested for the disease.
19.Can a person test negative for COVID-19 and develop it later?
Yes, there are a lot of factors that influence the COVID-19 test including amount of specimen collected and the laboratory methods for evaluating the test.
20.What is the risk of opening packages shipped from China?
The risk of transmission from a package would be extremely low due to the inability of the virus to survive at ambient temperatures.
We hope you have found these FAQ’s about Coronavirus helpful!
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