Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Asked by Matteo Kunze in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
What are the similarities between the Coronavirus and the COVID-19?
How can we prevent coronavirus?
According to the CDC, a€?the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.a€? Some steps you can take to limit your exposure to the virus:Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Pay attention to hand hygiene, especially when youa€?ve been in a public place and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.Practice social distancing by increasing the space between you and other people. That means staying home as much as you can, especially if you feel sick.Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (like keyboards, doorknobs, and light switches) every day.Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.Wear a facemask only if you are sick or are caring for someone whoa€?s sick and cana€?t wear a facemask. For more information on this ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Preventiona€?s page dedicated to the virus, found here.
Asked by Susan Gutkowski in Viruses (biological), Health, COVID-19
What is the coronavirus?
The coronaviruses are a family of viruses whose symptoms can range from the common cold to something more serious and potentially lethal. A novel coronavirus is currently spreading across the planet, affecting the daily lives of many. In January 2020, an outbreak of a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) occurred in Wuhan, China. It causes a disease called COVID-19, whose symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It can lead to death, particularly for the elderly and people with serious chronic medical conditions. There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments available. More than 150 countries and territories, including the United States, have confirmed cases of the infection since the initial outbreak, and on March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
Asked by Meredith Walsh in Health, COVID-19
Can you sterilize a facemask in a microwave?
According to infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja, it is unclear whether sterilizing a cloth mask in a microwave works or whether it actually causes the mask to become more permeable to particles. N95 respirators shouldn't be microwaved, either—according to a 2009 study published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, they melt in the microwave. The CDC recommends using a washing machine to clean a cloth mask, but the jury is still out on effective ways to sterilize N95 masks. Those are intended for use by healthcare workers and are designed to be used only once. A March 2020 report from Stanford University's School of Medicine's COVID-19 Evidence Service suggested that heating N95 masks to 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) in a kitchen-type of oven for 30 minutes is an effective sterilization method; however, they do not recommend heating masks in your home oven. Another possible solution is exposing masks to hydrogen peroxide vapor for more than two and a half hours, which California hospitals are set to start trying. You can read the CDC guidelines on N95 reuse here.
Asked by Royce Homenick in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
How does coronavirus spread?
The CDC and researchers worldwide still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and how it spreads. According to current knowledge, though, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. That means droplets from an infected person’s coughs and sneezes land on other people’s noses or mouths, or they breathe them in, and that infects them, too. It’s also possible that the virus can spread through people touching contaminated objects and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the CDC’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
Asked by Sammy Beahan in COVID-19, Quarantine
What are your best tips for staying sane while social distancing?
The tips from experts (you can read the CDC's here) generally include taking breaks from the news, keeping a routine, exercising, picking up hobbies, and virtually chatting with loved ones. For me specifically, virtual book club has been my personal savior. Having something to read and people to keep me accountable, plus having a reason to take really overkill notes on what I'm reading, plus having a virtual meeting to look forward to has all been really helpful.
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
If youa€?ve had contact with someone with COVID-19 or live in a community experiencing an outbreak and develop a fever and other symptoms of the disease, the CDC recommends you call your healthcare provider. Tell them about your symptoms and potential exposure to the virus, and theya€?ll make a call on whether you should be tested.More specific guidelines vary from state to state. NBC News has a handy guide here.Ita€?s especially crucial that you call your medical provider if youa€?re elderly or have a serious chronic medical condition. Also, if you or a loved one are very sick (e.g., experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face), seek medical attention immediately.
Asked by Bailee Hand in COVID-19
How is coronavirus different from the flu?
While there are some similarities between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu (most notably fever and dry cough) one of the biggest differences is that we know significantly less about COVID-19. But here is what we do know: COVID-19 is more infectious than the flu. The “basic reproduction number,” or R0, of an infection is the average number of people who catch it from a single infected person. The flu has an R0 value of 1.3, while the R0 value of COVID-19 is estimated to be much higher. Right now, COVID-19 seems more likely to kill than the flu. While the exact fatality rate of COVID-19 is not yet known, it appears to be much deadlier than the flu. Influenza has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent, and current estimates of COVID-19’s fatality rate range from 1.4 percent to 3.4 percent. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Unlike seasonal flu, there is no widely available vaccine to protect against COVID-19 infection. Similarly, there are no antivirals to help to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the disease. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the CDC’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of COVID-19. Severity of the symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. The CDC recommends calling your doctor if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and have these symptoms. You should get medical attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, bluish lips or face, or new confusion.
Asked by Arvilla Kemmer in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
Does azithromycin treat Coronavirus?
In the statement, which was released Sunday, IHU-Méditerranée Infection described the treatment protocol for COVID-19 patients. “A treatment with the hydroxychloroquine combination (200 mg x 3 per day for 10 days) + Azithromycin (500 mg on the 1st day then 250 mg per day for 5 more days), as part of the precautions for use of this association (including an electrocardiogram on D0 and D2)," they write, in the translated statement. “In cases of severe pneumonia, a broad-spectrum antibiotic is also used.”
Asked by Glen Fahey in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
What does the Coronavirus do to you?
It depends if you are weak,strong or immune to it. If you are weak to it you will most likely get symptoms in about 2-4 days. Those include being dizzy, coughing, fatigue, and in extreme cases pneumonia. Some people are strong/immune to it and only get an itchy throat or a bit of a cough. That is no reason to take the chance of going outside and getting it, you might not have mild symptoms.
Asked by Genoveva Quitzon in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
How long are you contagious with Coronavirus?
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Asked by Gussie Bechtelar in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)
If you get the Coronavirus and recover, are you then immune from it?
Um yes, the whole "no because there are different strains" is false. This only occurs when a virus mutates and is therefore dubbed a new strain. This virus has been shown to only have two strains so you'll most likely not be exposed to both strains. May I also say this website is not the place you want to go to get answers.