Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQS
What is the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronavirus actually refers to a group of diseases. This term isn’t new and it is known for a group of viruses that causes respiratory diseases. Many people think of it as a particular disease but this isn’t the case. COVID-19 is what experts are calling this particular disease from which the world is suffering. Experts have named this new form of coronavirus as “Novel Coronavirus” which means that there was no prior information available about it. COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is also known as physical distancing. It means keeping a space from the people that do not belong to your household. In social distancing, you have to stay at least 6 feet away from the people that are from outside and do not belong to your household.
What does community spread mean?
Community Spread means when someone gets the virus without coming in contact with a sick person. The cause of the virus in this case is unknown.
How can I protect myself?
The most common precautions to protect yourself from coronavirus are:
- Wash Your Hands Again and Again.
- Wear A Mask.
- Sanitize Your Hands.
- Maintain Social Distancing.
- Avoid Physical Contact With Other People
- Don’t Go out in crowded places.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, sneezing, or difficulty in breathing, then get medical help immediately.
How long can the virus survive on surfaces?
Depending upon the type of surface, the coronavirus can survive on surfaces like floors, and countertops anywhere from several hours to several days. Make sure to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe.
What groups are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19?
Coronavirus can affect people of all ages but until now the stats show that two groups are at higher risk of getting infected by COVID-19. Those people who age 60 years or above and those that already have underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases.
Is COVID-19 deadlier than the flu?
COVID-19 is more severe as compared to the seasonal flu. Most people have developed immunity against seasonal flu strains, as the COVID-19 is a new virus there is no vaccine available and no one has immunity developed against it. It means that it will affect more people and the will cause more severe diseases as compared to the seasonal flu. In some cases, death may occur.
Am I at increased risk for COVID-19 if I’m pregnant?
According to the evidence that is available till now, pregnant women are at no high risk to get infected by COVID-19. Even if they experience coronavirus, the majority of pregnant women only experience moderate or mild symptoms.
Should I be concerned about pets or animals and COVID-19?
Right now there is no significant evidence that shows that animals or pets play a role in the spread of the coronavirus. Based on a certain amount of information available, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 is very low.
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package shipping from China?
Right now there is not much information available about the newly spread COVID-19. It is a respiratory disorder and usually, it spread by respiratory droplets. China is the country where the first case of COVID-19 emerged and it was the most affected country with the most number of cases. If you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 from packages shipped from chine then there is no evidence right now that shows the transmission of COVID-19 from goods imported from China. The packages take several days to reach your destination and it reaches you after a lot of location and temperature changes so the chance of spreading the virus through shipping packages is equal to none.
Should I wear a mask?
If you are alone at a place or there are very few people around you at a distance then it is not mandatory to wear a mask especially when you are inside your house. But if you are going outside where there is a chance to come in contact with people or where the place is a bit crowded then it is mandatory for you to wear a mask for protection.
How does the virus spread?
The virus causing COVID-19 is mainly spread through the respiratory droplets from person to person. It is spread through the respiratory droplets of a person who is already suffering through this virus, mainly when he coughs or sneezes, or talks. These droplets are inhaled by other people around him and the virus goes into their lungs and they also get infected.
Should I use hand soap or hand sanitizer to protect myself from coronavirus?
It is advised that if you want to keep yourself safe from this virus then you should sanitize your hands frequently and wash your hands after regular intervals. Alcohol-based sanitizers and soaps with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties are recommended for washing hands.
What should I do if I come in contact with someone who has covid19?
If you come in contact with a person who has COVID-19 then make sure to follow the following steps:
- Quarantine yourself and stay home for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
- Start Monitoring your health.
- Watch for the symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, shortness of breath, and other symptoms.
- Try to stay away from other even from your family members for 14 days after you can in contact with an infected person.
- Get medical help if you face svere symptoms and you think that things are out of your control.
- Rest well, and sleep well to increase your immunity against the disease.
Should my child wear a new mask?
Children usually have a weak immune system as compared to adults so, make sure to pay extra attention to their safety. Make sure they wear the mask if they are going outside. If a child has any symptoms of COVID-19, then make sure he wears the medical mask for as long as he can bear it. He should be isolated and given proper medical treatment even if he shows the slightest symptoms of illness.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19 are
- dry cough
Less common symptoms:
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- chest pain or pressure
- loss of speech or movement
If you experience any of the serious symptoms then you should seek medical attention immediately. People that are experiencing mild symptoms should stay at their homes and take all necessary precautions to manage them.
It can take from 4-6 days for a person to show the symptoms however you should isolate yourself for 14 days at least.
Are people with diabetes have higher risks of covid19?
People with diabetes are at high risk to get infected by COVID-19. They can experience severe symptoms because their immune system is already weak. If they get infected with the virus, they can face some serious complications.
What is contract tracing?
Contact tracing is a way to identify persons that may have come in contact with an infected person. You can use contact tracing to protect your family and your community from COVID-19 by tracing the people that are infected with the virus and by staying away from them.
What should I do if I feel like have coronavirus symptoms?
If you are suffering from mild symptoms then try to isolate yourself at your home and manage these symptoms at your own place. If the symptoms are severe like difficulty in breathing and,
Loss of speech or movement then you should get medical help immediately.
Will cold weather stop the outbreak?
Answering this last question of Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQS – There are no significant proofs that show that cold or hot weather has any effect on this virus. So, we cannot expect that the cold weather will stop this outbreak. It will make it even worse because it is a kind of a flu and in cold weather, people are more prone to the flu.
We hope that these Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQS will have cleared all your ambguities.