Updated: 3 days ago
Since the emergence of this novel (previously unknown) virus, we have been exposed to lots of information from sources everywhere. Some of the information is true whole other can be misleading. Now, we are going to break some of the FAQs for you with some facts.
Q: Is COVID-19 just another type of flu?
A: Since this is a novel disease, caused by a highly contagious virus, and we do not fully understand its behavior yet. So far, it is known to cause flu-like symptoms as well as the more severe respiratory condition (pneumonia) that requires intensive care and even deaths. The disease also possesses a higher infection rate than flu, meaning that it can spread faster from one person to another.
Q: Was COVID-19 transmitted initially by bats?
A: Although it first emerged in Wuhan city in China, which reportedly to house live animal markets, including bats, there has been no strong scientific evidence to prove that the virus was transmitted by bats. However, considering the current situation, it is best to avoid public places, events, and large crowds as much as possible, including to limit your visit to markets.
Q: Can I protect myself from getting infected by wearing a mask?
A: Covid-19 spreads through droplets (from sneezes or coughs) of an infected person and also from the surfaces contaminated by the person having the virus. We could be contracted with the virus when we accidentally inhale the virus-containing droplets or if we touch the contaminated surfaces and then we further deliver the virus inside our bodies by touching the nose, mouth, or eyes. Wearing a mask only might help to protect us from getting the virus through large-sized droplets, but unless we also ensure that we keep our hands clean by frequently washing it and to ovoid large crowds, we can still get the virus.
Q: Does the virus only infect people of a certain age?
A: No, the virus can infect people of all ages. So, everyone should be aware and take precaution steps to avoid getting infected and to prevent them from being the source of infection, even if you do not experience any symptoms.
Q: What is the treatment for Covid-19?
A: Until present, there is no specific medicine that is scientifically proven to prevent or treat Covid-19. So far, the treatment is carried out to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe conditions might require more comprehensive or even intensive care. Currently, researches are being conducted to discover specific treatments and vaccines.
Q: Is there anything I can do in the COVID-19 pandemic situation?
A: Actually you can (and should) do these simple yet impactful tips of self-care and seek care.
• Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your face with your hands
• Avoid large events or big crowds, stay at home as much as possible
• Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
Contact healthcare (phone call) immediately if you suspect you are infected with the COVID-19. Please avoid seeking physical healthcare before consulting with healthcare personnel, due to the risk of transmitting the virus further to other patients or getting it from the infected patients.
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