As the coronavirus pandemic continues to progress, it has caused thousands of casualties in almost all continents. Affected countries had to close down offices and factories, causing millions to lose their jobs. Hospitals are jostling for beds, equipment, and test tools. The daily life of many has been altered in different ways.
It can be the hardest time for you and your family, but what should be on top of our priority is to keep everyone safe and protected. That is why we have gathered these frequently asked questions to keep you informed on how to stay safe during this pandemic and prevent it from spreading.
Question #1: What is Coronavirus?
A: Coronavirus is a term used to describe the many kinds of viruses that can cause respiratory diseases to humans and animals. The most publicized virus lately is what the World Health Organization has named as SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) and the disease it causes is named COVID-19.
It is a new kind of disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China. But, it has spread in almost all inhabitant continents and infected thousands of people. That is why it has been declared a global pandemic.
Question #2: How Does The Virus Spread?
A: At first, health officials and researchers thought that the virus can only be carried and transmitted by animals like camels and bats. But, later on, Chinese researchers have discovered that the virus can be spread between people. The CDC believes that the pathogens can be contracted through having in contact with an infected person who coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated objects or surfaces.
Question #3: What the Symptoms of the New Coronavirus?
A: Those people who are infected with CoVid-19 may show a variety of symptoms, from mild illnesses to severe respiratory diseases. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients may not develop any of these symptoms. But most infected people can become sick five to seven days after exposure and the symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days and as many as 14 days.
Question #4: What Should I Do If I Get Sick?
A: If you have been exposed to coronavirus and have flu symptoms like cough or difficulty breathing, you should prevent having in contact with other people and contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor should give you advice on what to how to get tested and treated. The CDC highly advised that you isolate yourself if you are sick and never to leave your home, unless for medical purposes.
Question #5: Is it necessary to wear a Mask?
A: According to the CDC and WHO, it is not needed for the general public to wear a mask. However, wearing a face mask is necessary for people who are carrying the virus or those that provide medical help to contaminated people to prevent the virus from spreading or to avoid being contaminated.
Question #6: What Can I Do To Stay Protected Against Coronavirus
While everyone can be susceptible to contracting the virus, there are ways you can do to protect yourself from being contaminated. Follow these everyday tips;
- Very Important: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. This is the best way to effectively remove germs from your hands. You can also clean your hands using alcohol or hand sanitizer.
- Prevent touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands. The virus can stay on surfaces for a longer time. If you these contaminated surfaces and touch your nose, eyes, or mouth, the virus can enter your body.
- Stay home when you are sick. If you feel the symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home and avoid having in contact with anybody. If the symptoms worsen, like having persistent pain in your chest, contact your doctor immediately.
- Maintain social distancing. As mentioned, the virus can spread person-to-person. Make sure to keep a distance of at least 10 feet away from an infected person or someone who shows signs of respiratory illness.
- Cover your cough and sneeze. Sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose it immediately in a tightly covered bin. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow and change or wash your clothes.
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Disinfect often touched surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and light switch with antimicrobial products.
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To know more of the recent update of the coronavirus, follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.