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Here are a few FAQ’s
How does COVID-19 spread? ● Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) ● Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks ● These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs ● Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, that may appear 2-14 days after exposure include: ● Cough ● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ● Fever ● Chills ● Fatigue 2 ● Muscle pain ● Sore throat ● Congestion or runny nose ● New loss of taste or smell ● In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs) Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
What can I do to protect myself and others? Take everyday preventive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19: ● Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds ● Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available ● Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow ● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth ● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices ● Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds, Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others ● Avoid close contact with people who are sick ● If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care.
Is there a vaccine or medicine I can get for COVID-19? Not yet, because COVID-19 is a new disease. However, many experts are at work developing one. As with any new vaccine, it must be tested to make certain it is safe and effective. It may take more than a year for a COVID-19 vaccine to become readily available. There is also no specific medicine currently available to cure COVID-19. However, people who have COVID-19 should seek medical care to help lessen the severity of their symptoms.
Will warm weather stop the outbreak of Covid-19?
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
Myths & Facts: 2019 Coronavirus
Myth: Hand dryers kill the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: Hand dryers do not kill the virus. Only washing hands with soap and water or an at least 60% alcohol-based hand rub and drying with a paper towel will kill germs on your hands.
Myth: Ultraviolet lamps kill the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: No, UV lamps do not sterilize hands or skins areas, and can actually cause irritation.
Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine over my body will kill the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: No, spraying alcohol or chlorine over the body will not kill the virus if you’ve already been exposed to the virus. These substances can be harmful to your eyes, mouth, lungs, skin, etc. Use alcohol and bleach safely when disinfecting surfaces.
Myth: Packages from China will give me the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: No, people cannot get the coronavirus from packages mailed from China or other infected areas. Coronaviruses do not survive for very long on letters or packages.
Myth: My pet can give me COVID-19 virus.
Fact: There is no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected with the virus. It is a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after all interactions with your pets to protect against common bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella that do pass between pets and humans.
Myth: I got the pneumonia virus so I can’t get the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: Vaccines for pneumonia do not protect against this virus.
Myth: Saline nasal rinses will protect me against the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: There is no evidence that nasal rinses offer protection against the virus.
Myth: Eating garlic will protect me against getting the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: There is no evidence that garlic can protect you against the virus.
Myth: Putting sesame oil on my skin will protect me against the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: Sesame oil does not kill this virus.
Myth: The COVID-19 disease only affects older people.
Fact: The COVID-19 disease can infect anyone at any age. People with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart disease appear to be more at risk.
Myth: Antibiotics can treat the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacterial infections. COVID-19 is a virus.
Myth: Face masks protect you from the COVID-19 virus.
Fact: When you are sick, regular, surgical or cloth masks help prevent droplets from coughs and sneezes from infecting others. The N-95 respirator mask requires fit testing and are only for health care providers to use. It is not necessary to wear a mask if you are not sick.
Myth: COVID-19 is just like the common cold.
Fact: No, it is in the same family as the common cold, but it is believed that the COVID-19 virus originated with bats and later transferred to humans. Common cold viruses utilize humans as their primary hosts.