COVID-19 Coronavirus

Belonging to a large family of viruses causing illnesses in both humans and animals – Coronavirus was recently discovered to cause the infectious disease known as COVID-19. Affecting countries worldwide, the outbreak of the disease began in Wuhan – China in December 2019. This virus is known to cause respiratory infections with symptoms ranging from the common cold and cough to fever and was deemed a pandemic by WHO on Mar 12th, 2020.

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FAQs covid-19 Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.
WHO advises the rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and misuse of masks.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

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Symptoms

The most common symptoms are as follows. Make sure to be safe by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.

Cough
Cough
Fever
Fever
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath
Headache
Headache
Confusion
Confusion
Sore Throat
Sore Throat
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Prevention

You can minimize your chances of being infected or spreading the virus by taking some simple precautions:

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Wash your hands
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Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
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Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
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Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
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Avoid contact with sick people
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Disinfect frequently touched objects

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