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UNDERSTANDING CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19, THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC
The planet is in an upheaval and chaos, as we think today about what to do and how to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading any further. This disease began as simple flu in a Chinese town of Wuhan and has now proven to be a global epidemic with little cure to polarize and disorientate the global village on what to do next.
We have now dedicated this page to shading light on this disease that has withered humanity in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Spanish flu of 1918 for almost a hundred years. We will be answering all your questions about this still pretty new virus in the human world.
What is Coronavirus? Is Coronavirus a disease?
No, Coronavirus is a virus or germ that causes an infectious disease known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 or soon abbreviated as COVID-19. Coronavirus is not a new infection in the world of pathology; but new type that is part of the larger family of coronaviruses, such as MERS and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) for a long time.
In either case, this new strain of coronavirus appears to be more sporadic than the previous two combined, given the numbers of causalities recorded in its wake.
What is COVID-19 stand for?
COVID-19 is just an abbreviation for the Coronavirus COVID-19 disease. ‘CO,’ is Corona. ‘VI,’ is for virus. ‘D.’ stands for Disease and 19 stands for 2019. Therefore COVID-19 means Coronavirus disease 2019.
What is a pandemic? Why coronavirus is called a pandemic?
A pandemic is an infectious disease that surpasses international borders (globally). A pandemic usually affects large numbers of people globally or more widely. However, seasonal epidemics are not considered pandemics.
Using this concept, pandemics can be said to occur every year in each of the temperate southern and northern hemispheres, given that recurrent scourges cross universal borders and affect an enormous number of people.
The COVID-19 that began as an epidemic in China has now become a pandemic. There are many examples pandemics in history, the most recent being the COVID-19 pandemic declared as such on 12 March 2020 by the World Health Organization.
How did coronavirus begin?
Most people around the globe wonder:-How did Coronavirus start? Was it man made with Coronavirus? Was corona virus a target for bio? Where did the corona virus come from? Whence came the corona virus? What’s Coronavirus History?
Coronavirus originated or began in the province of Hubei, in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus is thought to have originated from the seafood industry, and is thought to have spread to humans from live animals sold here.
As of today, all published research findings indicate this virus is normal, not man-made or in any way altered.
Is Coronavirus mutating?
Yeah, coronavirus mutates out there just like the other virus. However, the rate at which this virus mutates is slow. Therefore it does not serve as a major stumbling block in the efforts made to create a vaccine for it.
Symptoms of COVID-19 Coronavirus
What are the signs of Coronavirus and its symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of coronavirus are no different from the flu or cold, varying from mild to less-typical to severe.
Common symptoms of Coronavirus include;
Serious symptoms of Coronavirus include;
- Shortness or difficulty in breathing
- Pain, or pressure in the chest
- Loss of speech or movement
Less frequent symptoms of Coronavirus include;
- Arches and pains
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- A rash on the skin, discoloration of fingers or toes
When you contract Coronavirus what do you feel?
Coronavirus symptoms do not differ with common flu (influenza) or cold. Testing therefore is necessary to confirm that someone has COVID-19 or the common cold.
Is COVID-19 Coronavirus worse than seasonal influenza?
While many people worldwide have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus that only a few people have immunity to. So, this means that more people are likely to become diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
Nearly 3.4% of confirmed COVID-19 cases have died globally. On the other hand, for the most part, seasonal flu kills far less than 1% of those infected.
How to prevent Coronavirus
By taking the following simple precautions you can reduce the chances of getting COVID-19 or spread;
- Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly by rubbing your hand with alcohol or an alcohol based hand sanitizer. You can also wash them with water and soap. This will help you to destroy the viruses that get into your hands.
- Maintain space of at least 1 meter (3 feet) between yourself and others. When someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks, they release tiny liquid droplets from the nose or mouth. If you are too close you can inhale the droplets and get infected with the virus as a result.
- Avoid visiting crowded places. Why? Where people near in crowds, you are more likely to come in close contact with someone who has COIVD-19, so it is not easier to take care of 1 meter (3 feet) of physical distance.
- Do not touch the eyes, nose or mouth. Why? Because these parts are soft and can quickly be used as a passageway for the virus into your body. The other reason for this is that hands touch many surfaces and could acquire viruses. When infected, the virus can be transmitted to the eyes, nose or mouth by hand.
- Make sure you practice good respiratory hygiene, and the people around you. This can best be seen by using your bent elbow or tissue to cover your mouth and nose once you have coughed or sneezed. If you have used a tissue, dispose of it immediately and wash your hands to get rid of any viruses that might linger on it.
- Stay home and isolate yourself until you recover, even with slight symptoms including cough, headache and moderate fever. When you plan to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others.
- If you have issues with temperature, cough and breathing, seek medical attention but call first, if possible, and follow the guidelines of the local health authority. This is also only because the national and local authorities will have the most up-to – date information about the situation in your region, and calling forward would enable the doctors to easily guide you to the right medical institution. This will also protect you, and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Get the latest information from trusted sources like the World Health Organization or your local and national health authorities. Why? For what? State and national authorities are better positioned to comment on what people in your region can do to protect themselves.
Effects of COVID-19 Coronavirus to the body
What does Coronavirus do to the body?
People infected with Coronavirus experience or develop certain signs and symptoms such as fatigue, fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as described above. These symptoms grow as the body’s immune system reacts to the infection. When the immune system detects an offensive invader (virus) it releases the chemicals called cytokines. This chemical acts as a signal to the rest of the body that something is wrong and in turn causes you to experience these symptoms as it puts up a strong fight against the virus that is intruding.
Many people will experience COVID-19 in a more serious form and this will require special care from trained physicians. Therefore, you are recommended that you go for checkup when you get these symptoms.
COVID-19 Coronavirus and how it spreads
How is COVID-19 Coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus is spread in many forms. The most popular ones that have proven the easiest way of transferring the virus from one person to another are as follows.
- Through respiratory droplets:
If an individual coughs, sneezes or speaks, he or she releases tiny droplets from the nose and mouth. According to scientists, these droplets can fly several feet, and can be easily breathed in by a nearby human (person). When you inhale these droplets, you become infected. Therefore it is important to maintain a distance of more than two meters from any sick person that has those symptoms.
- Through touching the surface affected by the infected person:
Coronavirus can survive for some time on objects or surfaces. If you’re living around or in the same area with the victim of Coronavirus, you’re bound to get the disease if you touch the surfaces and objects they touched.
When you touch these objects or surface and touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can become infected.
Is there asymptomatic transmission of the Coronavirus disease?
Asymptomatic means that symptoms do not show up. As for asymptomatic coronavirus transmission, only few cases have been identified. However, this does not rule out the possibility of it happening.
Can Coronavirus live on clothes?
Answer is yes. Touching an infected person’s clothing isn’t recommended. When you need to touch them wear safety gear such as gloves, boots, face masks and others.
Can Coronavirus spread through the air?
Yes, the virus will spread through the air, particularly if the sick person coughs or sneezes without covering his mouth or nose. In this case, in the mucus droplets that carry the virus, the surrounding person may easily inhale them or breathe then in and get infected.
People at Risk of contracting COVID-19 Coronavirus
Which people are at risk of contracting Coronavirus?
Individuals with poor immune systems are the ones who according to health experts have the most prominent chances of contracting this harmful infection. However, there is no assurance that you will not contract the virus if you have a good immune system.
Are the elderly more vulnerable to the Coronavirus disease?
The Coronavirus pandemic has major consequences for the global population. Old people are currently facing the principal hazards and challenges in several nations. Since all age groups are likely to contract COVID-19, older people face a greater risk of serious disease due to physiological changes that arise with aging and possible underlying conditions of health.
Treatment for Coronavirus or Cure for Coronavirus
Does Coronavirus have a cure? Is there a cure for Coronavirus?
Scientists claim that as of today there is no proper cure for this deadly virus and therefore the antibiotics currently on the market are of no great benefit as this can be a pneumonia virus which makes antibiotic treatment ineffective against the virus.
What coronavirus vaccines are available?
No vaccines are available for all identified coronaviruses that can infect humans, including Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome and Extreme Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and now COVID-19. Currently, there are several clinical trials under way to assess alternative treatments for COVID-19. Scientists are also optimistic that a vaccine will be available soon as several successful vaccine studies are approved in countries like China, the US, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and France.
Nevertheless, many of the Coronavirus symptoms have been identified, so having early treatment from a health care provider will make the infection less severe.
Recovery time for Coronavirus patients
What is the recovery time of Coronavirus?
The average time clinical time for one to recover fully from COVID-19 for moderate cases is around 2 weeks from infection. For moderate cases, it takes about 3-6 weeks for patients with a serious or critical disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a novel Coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus has not been previously identified. It is a new virus that causes a disease called COVID-19 or Coronavirus disease in 2019. It is different from the coronaviruses that circulate commonly in humans and cause mild illness such as a cold. A diagnosis of coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not synonymous with a diagnosis of COVID-19.
Why is it called COVID-19? Why is it called Coronavirus disease 2019?
Due to the fact that there are many types of human coronaviruses, including those that commonly cause mild diseases of the upper respiratory tract, the WHO had to come up with a name to identify this particular disease because it was a new virus not seen before in humans. The name of this disease was chosen following best practice by the World Health Organization (WHO) for naming new infectious diseases in humans.
On 11 February 2020 the World Health Organization named an official name. The official name for this disorder, abbreviated as COVID-19, is Coronavirus disease 2019. ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona’ in COVID-19; ‘VI’ for ‘virus’ and ‘D’ for disease. This disease had formerly been noted as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
Can anyone possessing Coronavirus / COVID-19 spread the disease to others?
Yes! A person with COVID-19 may have the disease spread to others. Why? It is because Coronavirus can easily spread from person to person. The most infectious are those with COVID-19 signs, or those with serious illnesses. With this reason, CDC and the W.H.O suggests that these patients be treated either at the hospital or at home (depending on how they are) before they get well and no longer pose the risk of infecting others.
Furthermore, it is not just the symptomatic people that may infect others, but also asymptomatic patients (those that are sick but have no signs or symptoms of the disease) can spread the virus without even realizing it.
Can someone who has been quarantined for Coronavirus / COVID-19 spread the virus to others?
Quarantine means isolating an individual or group of people who have been infected with an infectious disease such as COVID-19 but have not had symptoms to prevent the disease from being transmitted. The length of time the person spends in quarantine is calculated by the incubation duration of the communicable disease. During that time an infected person may develop signs and symptoms of the disease.
The incubation or quarantine time for COVID-19 is for 14 days. This also means that he or she is not considered a risk of spreading the virus to others after someone is released from COVID-19 isolation because they did not experience illness during the incubation period.
Are deaths from Coronavirus declining in the world?
Coronavirus mortality is currently decreasing in a few nations, including Italy, the UK, China, France, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and the Australia. Nevertheless, there are many countries such as Brazil, US, Chile, India and several others where cases of death from Coronavirus continue to rise rapidly.
Why do some states or countries’ Coronavirus/COVID-19 infection case numbers differ from those posted on the CDC or WHO or John Hopkins websites?
Many countries have different approaches to data collection and analysis than those used by CDC, John Hopkins or the WHO, thereby creating differences in the overall number of cases. CDC’s COVID-19 case reports provide several publicly published reports including information on national, local, tribal, international, and external partners.
Will Coronavirus go away by summer?
No, it’s very difficult to believe that the hot weather would stop the coronavirus as the virus has already spread out to the world. Most nations haven’t reached their peak number of illnesses and deaths.
The other theory is that the world has more than 6.7 million cases of corona virus, as of today.
When will Coronavirus ever end?
When someone gives you a clear date from which they believe that the coronavirus will vanish, realize that you are being lied because no one knows when this virus is going to end. It’s basically because this virus has the ability to live inside someone without displaying any signs or symptoms and yet they can still unknowingly pass it on to someone else. But when an effective vaccine is made, one sure way we can expect this virus to stop.
Which corona viruses have vaccines?
Coronaviruses have existed for some time but there are no vaccines for all viruses, including Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome and Extreme Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Which corona test is more accurate? What test is more reliable for corona?
There are two main research groups on coronavirus. Both include the Molecular Coronavirus test as well as the Serological (Antibody) test. All tests function differently and choosing which test to use would depend on what you are interested in. A positive molecular test suggests an active COVID-19 infection but does not rule out bacterial infections or co-infections with other viruses; but this can only be achieved to a smaller proportion, making the test highly reliable.
Serological tests are based on antibodies found in a blood sample that are typically obtained by a simple finger prick. Such tests do not require special equipment to examine the samples, so they can either be used in laboratories or at the treatment stage. Antibodies are proteins that the body produces as it stages a virus attack reaction. The serological test is intended to identify antibodies specifically the Immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies that are produced in response to your immune system.
Which Coronavirus zone is my location? / Which Coronavirus zone am I in?
You can decide the corona zone you are in by following the global Coronavirus map established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization which has regional sectors.
WHO and CDC regions with Coronavirus include Africa, African territories, Americas that mix all countries in South America , Central America, American territories and countries in North America except the USA, Europe, European territories, Eastern Mediterranean, South East Asia, Western Pacific, Western Pacific. To find out more about which countries belong to each of those regions, please visit the CDC Global COVID-19 World Map.
What are some healthy foods to consume during this COVID-19 Coronavirus?
You should eat foods that contain calcium, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. You have to drink enough water too. Eat fruits like pineapples, mangoes, bananas etc. It is also recommended to use fruits, legumes (e.g. lentils, beans), nuts and whole grains (e.g., unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat, rice or starchy tubers or roots such as potato, yam, taro or cassava). You can eat foods derived from animals (e.g. meat, fish, eggs, and milk). For snacks, instead of foods high in sugar, fat or salt, select raw vegetables and fresh fruit.
Can I get Coronavirus / COVID-19 if it is on food?
Recent results from the research indicate no possibility that novel Coronavirus can be transmitted by food. There is therefore a need for relevant research.
Can high temperatures kill the virus that causes Coronavirus COVID-19? Is COVID-19 sensitive to temperature?
Coronaviruses are unable to withstand higher temperatures and high humidity but at lower temperatures they can live for longer periods. However, there is no definitive scientific proof for COVID-19 that high temperatures will kill the virus. Whatever the temperatures, please follow the CDC and W.H.O instructions on how to prevent this disease from spreading.
What is coronavirus community spread?
Community spread is when people get infected with the virus and it’s no longer possible to trace for contacts since many people will not be sure how or where they became infected.
Can mosquitoes or ticks spread coronavirus COVID-19?
There is currently no research-based evidence that indicates that mosquitoes or ticks have transmitted or are transmitting this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses. Coronavirus is spread from person to person.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
The CDC and the W.H.O. have several guidelines for how to defend yourself from COVID-19, and those around you. These encompass the following;
- Knows how the disease spreads;
- Since there is currently no COVID-19 preventive vaccine available, preventing exposure to the virus is the best way to prevent this disease.
- It is presumed that the spread of the virus is primarily from person to person, particularly among those in close contact with each other, through respiratory droplets created when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can end up in nearby people’s mouths or ears, or can be inhaled into the lungs. Recent work has shown that even among people who do not seem to have symptoms COVID-19 is being transmitted.
- Will everyone;
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing while in public.
- Using a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 per cent of alcohol unless soap and water are readily available.
- Do not put unwashed hands on your nose, eyes and mouth.
- Avoid close contact
- Even at home, avoid direct communication with ill people. Keep 6 feet between the person who is ill and other members of the household if possible.
- Placed barriers outside of your home between yourself and other people.
- Note some people will transmit the virus without symptoms.
- Keep at least 6 feet (about 2 arms long) away from other men.
- Stay away from crowded spots, preventing mass gatherings.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You can spread COVID-19 to others even though you are not feeling sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face mask when they have to go out to the grocery store or pick up other items in public, for example.
- The cotton face mask is intended to protect you in case you’re sick.
- Do not use a facemask for health-care workers.
- Tissue face coverings should not be placed on small children under the age of 2; anyone with respiratory issues or is unconscious, injured or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Hold between yourself and others, about 6 feet. The facet cover of the fabric is no replacement for social distancing.
- Deal with cough and sneezes
- If you’re in a private setting and don’t have facial covering on your cloth, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze or use your elbow inside.
- Put the discarded tissue in the garbage.
- Clean your hands right away with at least 20 seconds of soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available, disinfect your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect
- Clean and disinfect surfaces which are touched regularly every day. Included here are tables, partitions, light switches, countertops, handlebars, desks, telephones, toilets, towels and sinks.
- Supervise your health
- Alert about signs. Watch for fever, coughing, breathlessness or any other signs of COVID-19.
- It is particularly important that you go to the office or workplace and to settings where it may be difficult to maintain a physical distance of 6 metres.
What is the safe distance from others in order to protect yourself against the coronavirus disease?
The gap should be at least one meter (3 feet) between yourself and others. That is because when someone coughs, sneezes or speaks they release tiny liquid droplets from their nose or mouth that might contain the virus and if you’re too close you can breathe in the droplets, even the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
What do you do if you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick with Coronavirus COVID-19?
Below are a number of suggested guidelines for CDC and WHO you can follow if you get sick or think you are infected with COVID-19 or care about someone who is ill.
- Stay indoors. Most people with COVID-19 have a mild illness, and may recover at home without medical attention. Besides seeking medical attention you should not leave home just contact health workers. Should not visit places of public interest.
- Watch yourself. Rest, and stay hydrated. Taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, to make you feel better.
- Keep in touch with your Doctor. You can call, though, before you get medical attention. Make sure to be alert if you have breathing issues, or if you have any other signs of emergency notice, or if you think this is an emergency.
- The avoidance of public transit, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Set yourself apart from others
- Stay in a single space as much as possible and away from other people and pets in your house. You can use a separate bathroom where possible. When you need to be with someone else
- Track the signs of Coronavirus COVID-19 including:-fever, cough, or other signs.
When do you need to seek emergency medical attention?
When you show one of the symptoms for Coronavirus COVID-19 below, should you seek emergency medical treatment;
- Trouble breathing
- Lasting chest pain or pressure
- Inability to wake up or to stay awake
- Lips or bluish eyes
Note: Please call in and inform the operator that you are seeking treatment for someone who has or may have Coronavirus COVID-19.
- Call ahead. Many daily appointments for medical care are delayed or made by telephone or telemedicine.
- If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, please call the physician’s office and inform them you have COVID-19 or maybe you do. This will help protect yourself at the workplace as well as other patients.
- Keep your nose and mouth covered with a cloth if you’re ill.
- You should wear a face mask, over your nose and mouth if you have to be around other people or animals, like pets (even at home).
- If you’re on your own, you don’t have to wear a face cover on the cloth. If you can’t put face covering on a cloth (for example due to breathing difficulties), cover your coughs and sneezes in a different way. Seek to stay behind other people at least 6 feet away. This will help protect the people around you.
- Do not place face-cover clothes on young children under 2 years of age, people with trouble breathing, or someone who cannot remove the cover without support.
Note: Facemasks of medical grade are reserved for the healthcare staff and certain first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may need to use a scarf or bandana to make yourself a cotton face covering to act as a mask.
Am I at risk of COVID-19 coming from mail packages or products?
There is still much unclear information about COVID-19 and how it spreads, except that it is transmitted from person to person through droplets, it is unlikely to spread via domestic or foreign mail, products, or packaging.
Nevertheless, individuals may be able to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this is still not considered to be the most common manner in which the virus spreads.
Is it okay for me to donate blood? Is blood donation fine for me?
Blood donation is life-saving in healthcare environments around the world, and is an integral aspect of treatment for patients. There is a growing need for donated blood, and blood centers are open and donations are so urgent. CDC and W.H.O urge people who are still in a good place to donate blood if they can, even though they maintain social isolation due to COVID 19. CDC assists blood centers by offering guidelines that would protect donors and employees. Examples of these guidelines include placing donor chairs 6 feet apart, closely adhering to environmentally friendly cleaning methods and urging donors to make donation appointments earlier than time.
Does the Coronavirus create stigmas in the population? Is Coronavirus causing stigma in the population?
Stigma occurs when individuals of a particular population negatively perceive a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. Sadly, it is true that many of those that have suffered from COVID-19 but have recovered from it have endured a certain degree of stigma when released into their families, as certain people would still connect them with the disease, regardless of the fact that by the time they are released from hospitals they have completely healed from the disease and do not pose a risk of infection.
What does flattening the curve mean? What does curve flattening signify?
Flattening the curve at any given time means reducing the rate of new infections. It effectively helps hospital providers to efficiently handle the same patient volume without straining the healthcare system at all.
What are the recommendations to follow when travelling during Coronavirus?
In general, avoiding unnecessary journeys is recommended. If travel is a must, then you must respect for barrier movements is shown in the case of travel;
- Track the coronavirus symptoms regularly (cough, breathing difficulties)
- Measure your temperature twice a day
- Wash your hands regularly and properly
- Avoid contact with older people and the disabled because they are at risk
World Health Organization / WHO Data (statistics) About Coronavirus
There are more than 6.7 million COVID-19 infections and about 398,000 deaths worldwide as of June 07th 2020, according to estimates from the W.H.O. Within the largest cases of disease and deaths are Americas and Europe. You may also search WHO corona statistics which are regularly updated. Please follow this link to find more statistics.
COVID-19 Coronavirus & Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Are people with hypertension (high blood pressure) at increased risk from COVID-19?
Given the latest available study results, it is not clear that people with elevated blood pressure and other underlying health problems are more likely to get seriously ill from Coronavirus COVID-19 than others. However, it is understood that many people who have become severely ill with Coronavirus COVID-19 have high blood pressure, but they are also older or have other medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and significant heart diseases that put them at a higher risk of Coronavirus COVID-19 severe illness.
COVID-19 Coronavirus & Children
What is my child’s risk of getting Coronavirus COVID-19?
Based on available evidence, children are at no higher risk of contracting Coronavirus compared to the adults. However, it should be noted that COVID-19 children and babies have been reported, but most of the adults have been recorded to date.
Are the symptoms of Coronavirus / COVID-19 different from those of adults in children?
Symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 are common in infants and adults. Nevertheless, children with reported coronavirus usually suffered from mild symptoms. For children reported symptoms include cold-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea were also registered. Certainly it is not yet understood that some children, particularly those with existing medical conditions and special needs for health care, are also at a higher risk of serious illness.
Can breast milk transmit the Coronavirus disease?
The transmission of the COVID-19 virus through breast milk and breastfeeding has not been detected. A mother should still implement appropriate hygiene measures during breastfeeding, including wearing a medical mask if available, to reduce the likelihood of droplets spreading to her infant with COVID-19.
Should children wear face masks?
Regardless of the possibility of suffocation, it is not advisable to put cloth face covers on babies or children under 2 years. Kids under the age of 2 are treated as an exception as well as someone who has respiratory problems or is unconscious, deaf or otherwise unable to remove the face cover without assistance.
Why is wearing a face-mask important?
The use of face masks is a measure of public health to minimize the spread of COVID-19, where social isolation, regular hand washing and preventive steps are not available on a daily basis. In case the wearer is positive for COVID-19, it is designed to wear a face mask to prevent the wearer from spreading the virus to another. When anyone was infected but had no signs it would be especially important. Medical face masks and N95 respirators are reserved only for health care workers and other first responders as suggested in existing CDC guidelines.
How can I prepare my children for Coronavirus/COVID-19 community outbreak?
If you want to talk about the outbreak with your children you need to be cool and reassure them they are safe. Show them, if possible, that most COVID-19 disease appears to be mild and shouldn’t worry too much but should be careful not to get sick. Children respond differently to stressful situations than adults do.
Is the latest coronavirus affecting pregnant women and the fetuses?
It does not proved that Coronavirus presents a particular threat to expectant mothers, according to what is generally known. Therefore, pregnant women are not entitled to further preventive measures other than those normally prescribed during pregnancy.
School Dismissals & Children
Can my children hang out with friends while at school?
Children are not even allowed to go and hang out with other children from other families. It is mainly because practice of social distance is the key to slowing COVID-19 spread. Unless it is absolutely important for these children to interact with other individuals outside of their own families, they will try to keep 6 feet from someone who is not in their own household.
Help your kids have monitored phone calls or video chats with their friends to help them stay socially linked with their friends without being socially distancing.
How can I help my kid continue learning while school is out?
Here are a few of the instructions you should follow to ensure that your child is kept informed.
- Keep in touch with your child’s kindergarten.
Most schools have services for virtual learning. Knowing what the school has to give to your child in terms of assignments is important to you. To complete the work you’ll need to help your child set a reasonable pace. You may will need to help switch devices on, read directions and type your child’s answers. In case of technology or communication issues you should notify the boy’s school.
- Establish in-house learning schedule and routine but remain flexible.
You need to set up a daily bedtime, like we do Monday through Friday to get up in the weekdays. Come up with a standardized routine activity time table like studying or completing school tasks, nutritious meals and snacks, and physical activity. Enable flexibility in the timetable; changing depending on the day is okay.
- Lookout for ways to make learning fun
Have hands-on activities, such as puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things that require the child to be involved mentally and physically in the task. Active play can also be used, instead of formal instruction. Encourage children to create a sheet fort, or do counting by stacking bricks.
What should people at higher risk of Coronavirus COVID-19 serious illness be doing or do?
If you are at a higher risk of getting very sick due to Coronavirus disease 2019, especially if you are 65 years of age and older, the following guidelines should be put in place to avoid the infection.
- Store supplies such as food , drugs, if need be
- Take every day steps to protect you and others in space
- Stay away from disabled people when you go out in public
- Avoid close touch, and wash your hands always
- Avoid queues, cruises or non-essential journeys
- When there is an epidemic in your neighborhood, try to stay home as much as possible.
- Check for symptoms of COVID-19, and emergency signs.
- Stay home, and call the doctor if you are sick.
Are people with disabilities at higher risk of contracting Coronavirus COVID-19?
No, most disabled people are not at higher risk of becoming infected with or having severe COVID-19 disease unless they have other underlying medical conditions that will make them susceptible to the virus.
Cleaning & Disinfection
What is the difference between cleaning and disinfection?
Cleaning with soap and water removes impurities of the germs, debris and soil and decreases the chance of transmitting infection. At the other hand, disinfection refers to the use of stronger detergents that kill germs at surfaces and this can further reduce the risk of infection transmission.
How frequent should facilities be cleaned in order to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19?
Business buildings, hospitals, and households will have comprehensive daily cleaning procedures in place to ensure a safe atmosphere. When these facilities are in use, surfaces that multiple users frequently touch, such as door handles, bathroom surfaces and handrails, should be washed with soap and water or other detergent at least daily. Depending on the degree of use, more regular cleaning and disinfection may be necessary. For example, prior to each usage all surfaces and items should be washed and disinfected in public spaces, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads.
Is cleaning alone effective against Coronavirus?
Only washing by itself is not an efficient way to fight coronavirus. Although cleaning helps remove germs and thus reduces the risk of transmitting infection, the risk of infection remains. When a surface may have acquired the virus from a person with or suspected of COVID-19, the surface should be immediately washed and disinfected.
COVID-19 Coronavirus & Animals
What animals could can COVID-19?
We do not know for sure which animals can be infected with the COVID-19 virus, or cannot. Nevertheless, the W.H.O and CDC have reported a small number of animals, including dogs, cats, lions and tigers, to be infected with the virus that triggers COVID-19, mostly after close contact with persons with COVID-19.
Furthermore, recent research has shown that ferrets, cats and golden Syrian hamsters may be infected with the virus experimentally and can transmit the infection in laboratory settings to other animals of the same settings.
Do I need to get a Coronavirus COVID-19 check for my pet?
Your pet’s health is not a concern right now, since there are just a few positive COVID-19 test cases in animals.
Can animals carry Coronavirus in their fur or skin?
As of today, no scientific studies have been identified to support this claim of animal skins containing the COVID-19 virus. Practicing safe behavior for pets and other animals, though, is always nice, and also washing hands before and after encounters, as animals can also hold other germs that can make people sick.
Can I walk my dog during the Coronavirus COVID- 19 pandemic?
Yes, you should walk your dog during this pandemic, because being healthy is vital for animals and humans. Hold it on a leash while walking your dog, and try to remain as far away as possible from anyone at least 6 feet (2 metres). Don’t encourage other people to pet your dog when you’re out for a walk, to help maintain social space.
What should I do if my pet gets sick and I think has Coronavirus / COVID-19?
If your pet is ill and you have reason to suspect it may have contracted COVID-19, you need to talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have regarding your pet. However, you should not take your pet to the veterinary doctors but call them first to let them know that the pet was indeed a victim of COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations, or other plans to see sick pets. Your veterinarian will examine your pet and decide next steps for your pet to be treated and taken care of.
Why are animals being tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 yet many people can’t get tested?
It is the animals that are examined in very unusual cases. Systematic animal testing is not necessary at this time, so any animal testing is performed on a case-by – case basis. For example, if a COVID-19 patient’s pet has a new disease with similar symptoms to those of COVID-19, the animal’s veterinarian can consult with public health and animal health officials to decide whether testing is needed.
COVID-19 Coronavirus & Water
Can Coronavirus be spread through drinking water?
As per current research, the virus which causes COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional methods of filtration and disinfection treatment of water, such as those used in most municipal or national drinking water systems, are effective in destroying or inactivating the COVID-19 virus.
Can Coronavirus be found in stool or faeces?
Several patients diagnosed with COVID-19 identified the Coronavirus in the faeces. However, it is unclear if the virus present in faeces can cause COVID-19, as no recorded case of the virus spreading from faeces to a human has been identified.
Can Coronavirus spread through sewage systems?
Coronavirus has been found in untreated wastewater. However, researchers aren’t sure whether this virus will cause disease if a person is exposed to untreated wastewater or sewerage systems. At this time, the possibility of transmission of the virus causing COVID-19 by properly built and maintained sewerage systems is considered very low.