Last edited on April 28, 2020
Coronavirus – 7 Frequently Asked Questions Answered
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 identified in December 2019 is 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.
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 2,982,688 confirmed cases and 210,193 deaths. In the US, there are 988,126 total cases and 56,245 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:
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 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:
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