MARCH 18, 2020
Coronavirus – 8 Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Be informed and follow safety precautions to keep the COVID-19 risk down and avoid the virus from spreading.
1. What is 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 March 18, 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.
2. Should you be concerned?
Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes this very seriously, they consider immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public low as of March 11. Yet, it’s always a good idea to be informed and follow safety precautions to keep the risk down and avoid the virus from spreading.
3. What are the Coronavirus symptoms?
Those infected with COVID-19 show varied symptoms. They can be mildly sick or severely ill. The death toll has risen to 7,876, with more than 194,909 confirmed cases worldwide.
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.
4. How does it spread?
Initially, officials thought that only animals, such as bats or camels, carry and transmit the virus. However, Chinese researchers reported that the virus can spread from person to person, too. Right now, it’s not clear how easily this virus is spreading between people.
The CDC believes that the virus spreads similarly to influenza pathogens. That means it is possible to contract it by being in contact with an infected person that’s coughing or sneezing or simply by touching contaminated surfaces.
5. 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 US is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
6. What do I do if I’m sick?
If you live in the US, the chances of getting sick with COVID-19 are slim. But if you think you’ve got it, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Keep in mind there’s no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection, but those infected should receive supportive care, nevertheless. And stay home if you’ve got the symptoms!
7. Should I wear a face mask?
There is no need for members of the general public to wear a face mask. However, it may prevent spreading the virus if they have symptoms of an airborne infectious disease or are in prolonged close contact (about six feet) with a contagious person. Outside of these circumstances, the CDC does not recommend the use of a face mask.
8. 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:
8. For modern cleaning of properties, contact Purofirst!
Our team uses the Purofirst RapidDefense™ system to provide deep mitigation cleaning in areas compromised by a Coronavirus outbreak. Using this process, we will carefully contain the area and will minimize the risk of pathogens spreading using Environmental Protection Agency-registered (EPA) products.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces are the recommended actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like coronavirus. Since any surface can be re-contaminated after cleaning, and because the coronavirus is also spread person-to-person, Purofirst’s services are not guaranteed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for more information regarding coronavirus, its spread, and prevention.