The World Health Organization is carefully monitoring the outbreak of Covid 19 and how it affects people all over the world. They have put together a list of the most common frequently asked questions and answers about this coronavirus detail. This Q&A guidance will help what everything you need to know now.
What is the coronavirus?
This is a virus that can lead to respiratory infections ranging from uncomfortable to severe acute respiratory syndrome.
What is Covid 19?
This is the infection caused by the coronavirus.
This virus was not known until there was an outbreak in Wuhan, China which began in December 2019.
What symptoms are associated with Covid 19?
Most people will experience a fever, feeling of tiredness, and a dry cough. Some people may have pains and aches, congestions, a runny nose, sore throat, and may experience diarrhea. The coronavirus symptoms usually start mildly. Some people may not experience symptoms right away. Around 80 percent of people will recover without any special treatment. One out of six people that get this virus will have trouble breathing. Older people with health issues may develop a serious illness. People that have a fever, cough, or feel like they have trouble breathing should contact medical professionals.
How is Covid 19 spread?
This infection is caught from others that are infected. It is spread through droplets from the mouth or the nose. Others can get the virus by touching the surface than an infected person touched and then touching their face. People can also breathe in droplets when a person with this illness coughs. It is important to stay at least 3 feet away from a sick person.
The WHO is continuing to investigate the spread and will publish updated findings.
Is Covid 19 transmitted through the air?
Some studies have suggested that it is spread through droplets in the air.
Can Covid 19 be caught from a person that does not show symptoms?
The main way the virus is spread is through the droplets that are released when an infected person coughs. There is a low risk of getting it from a person with no symptoms. Many people will have mild symptoms and they can spread the disease. Research is still being done on the transmission of the disease.
Can Covid 19 be spread through feces of an infected person?
The risk of transmission through feces is low. There is still information being conducted on this and it is advised that a person wash their hands after using the restroom and before they eat.
How can I protect myself from this disease?
You should stay up to date on the latest information from the public health authority. There are some precautions you can take to help stop the spread of this virus.
– Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often
– Stay at least 3 feet anyway from anyone that is coughing or sneezing
– Do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth. If the virus gets on your hands you are allowing it to enter the body.
– Use good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose and dispose of any used tissues.
– If you do not feel way stay home. If you are having trouble breathing, a fever, or coughing call a medical professional and follow their instructions.
– Avoid traveling to cities or towns where there is an outbreak reported.
– If you have visited any of these areas or do not feel well stay home for at least 14 days to reduce the chance of affecting others. You should also contact a healthcare professional for additional guidelines.
How likely am I to catch Covid 19?
The risk will depend on if you are an area where this is an outbreak. In general, the risk is low. For people that live in a high-risk area, they have a great chance of catching this virus.
Should I be worried about Covid 19?
While symptoms are usually mild it can lead to a serious illness. One in five people will need to be hospitalized. You should practice proper hygiene and wash your hands often. You should also follow the guidance of your local health authorities.
Who is at risk for a severe reaction?
While research is still being done on this virus people that are at risk for serious illness include the elder people with a preexisting medical condition.
Are there antibiotics to protect from Covid 19?
There are no antibiotics for this virus.
Are there any medications to treat Covid 19?
There is no evidence that a current medication can treat or cure this illness. A person should not self-medicate. Clinical trials are being conducted to find a vaccine.
Is there a vaccine for Covid 19?
There is no vaccine and people with a serious illness may need to be hospitalized. Current treatments are being investigated. The most effective way for protection is to wash hands often, cover a cough or cough into the elbow, and stay away from people that are coughing or sneezing.
Is Covid 19 the same as the Sars?
They may be genetically related to each other but are different. Sars was more deadly than Covid 19 but Covid 19 is easily spread. There has not been an outbreak of Sars since 2003.
Do I need to wear a mask?
You should only wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms or are taking care of something that has symptoms. You should not use a mask if you are healthy and are not around others with symptoms as there is a mask shortage.
How is a mask used?
A mask should only be used by people with symptoms or those taking care of people with symptoms.
The hands should be cleaned before touching the mask.
The mask should be inspected for holes.
The top side of the mask has a metal strip.
The colored sides should be facing down.
Put the mask on the face and pinch the strips to seal off the edges.
Pull the mask over the mouth and chin.
When done with the mask remove it from the ears and keep it away from the face and clothing.
Immediately put the mask in the proper disposal container.
Wash the hands after throwing out the mask.
How long is the incubation period?
This usually ranges from 1 to 14 days. Symptoms commonly appear around day 5.
Can animals infect humans with Covid 19?
When visiting an animal market do not have direct contact with the animals. Do not consume raw or undercooked foods are a precaution.
Can I get Covid from my pet?
There is no evidence that dogs, cats, or common household pets can spread this virus.
How long can this virus live on a surface?
Research suggests it may be possible for Covid to live on a surface for a few hours or even a few days.
It is best to wipe down surfaces with disinfectants and then wash your hands.
Can I get a package from an area where Covid 19 was reported?
It is safe to get packages as the chance of infection is low due to the changes in temperature and the distance the package has traveled.
What else should I avoid?
The following things are not effective against Covid and can be harmful
Wearing several masks
If you are experiencing a cough, fever, and have trouble breathing call a medical professional immediately.