10 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Questions, Answered
Coronavirus tips range from how to protect yourself at home and in public. Though state-by-state policies on the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) may differ, most local governments along with the CDC (Center for Disease Control) are making the same strong suggestions:
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Close all restaurants, stores, and non-essential businesses.
- Cover one’s mouth and nose when outside.
- Maintain a social distance at all times, in and out of the home.
- Isolate those who have been traveling, are showing coronavirus symptoms, or who have been in contact with those who are symptomatic/have tested positive for COVID-19.
In the following guide, we’ll explore some coronavirus precautions, some insight into what experts are saying regarding its spread, and answer some other pressing questions.
The following information is not intended as medical advice and was written for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by a medical professional. Please see the CDC for up-to-date information on the spread of coronavirus.
10 Coronavirus Tips from the CDC
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the federal government organization leading the United States’ COVID-19 response. It recommends the following coronavirus precautions:
- Cover face and mouth when in public or around other people. This can mean wearing a face mask.
- Wash hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands (or at all).
- Use a hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Stay up-to-date on hotspots and news.
- Maintain a social distance from others, meaning 6 ft or more.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces, such as phones, keyboards, doorknobs, appliances, hard surfaces, and more.
- Cover one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
- Take extra precautions for seniors and those suffering from conditions such as (but not limited to) diabetes, lung disease, and heart disease.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19 currently. This means that the best way to deal with coronavirus is to avoid contracting it in the first place.
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Coronavirus Definition: What Is COVID-19?
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a virus that originated in China in late 2019. There is no known treatment or vaccine for the disease, and respiratory symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Coronavirus Symptoms May Include:
- Dry cough
- Congestion & runny nose
- Sore throat
- Tightness around chest
Per data from Johns Hopkins University, 80% of those who COVID-19 do not require hospitalization and have coronavirus symptoms that can be classified as mild.
Note: This article is not medical advice. If you believe that you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact your physician or a medical professional.
It’s called the novel coronavirus because this is the first time that this strain has been found in humans. In other words, people do not have built up resistance to it, as they may with the flu or other germs.
Technically-speaking, COVID1–19 is classified as a SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Other Names Used to Refer to the Coronavirus:
- Novel Coronavirus
How Does Coronavirus Spread?
The CDC’s recommendations are based on what they know about coronavirus’s spread and incubation period. For starters, there are two main ways that the virus is through to transfer from person to person:
- Through infected droplets of air or moisture, passed from an infected to a non-infected individual, especially through exhalation, coughing, and sneezing.
- On contaminated surfaces, especially hard surfaces such as metals and plastics. How long germs live on surfaces can vary.
Questions on whether the virus may travel through the air, rather than through droplets, remain unanswered.
Which Is The Main Way the Virus Spreads?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that coronavirus spreads primarily through the infected droplets of an infected individual’s sneeze or cough. However, experts have hypothesized that COVID-19 can spread through individuals who are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not show symptoms.
This is why social distancing and wearing a face mask may be crucial: It may be possible to infect or be infected by someone without the person with COVID-19 knowing that they had the disease in the first place. It may also be a reason behind governments’ stay at home orders.
What Is Coronavirus' Incubation Period?
What is the coronavirus’ incubation period? It’s the time between when someone catches the virus and when they start to show symptoms. The CDC has stated that it can range between 2 and 14 days, though keep in mind that coronavirus research is in its infancy.
According to one source, the vast majority of people show symptoms within 12 days of contraction. People may be most contagious when showing symptoms, though again, research is not conclusive.
10 Coronavirus Symptoms
The following may be experienced by people suffering from COVID-19. Keep in mind that people with the disease may experience all or none of these symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny nose
The World Health Organization advises getting in touch with a medical doctor if symptoms are severe, including difficulty breathing and a bad fever or cough.
How Long Is Coronavirus Contagious?
Research about coronavirus treatment and management is very new. Coronavirus contagion may vary widely, from those who are sick for weeks to those who have mild symptoms for a few days. And, due to inaccessibility of testing, knowing whether or not someone has a positive test or not may be impossible.
- The CDC has advised that people may stop isolating when they have not had a fever in 72 hours without the aid of medication and it has been at least a week since they started showing symptoms. They should be recovering from other symptoms as well.
- Additionally, a person who has received two tests a minimum of 24 hours apart and tested negative may stop isolation, per CDC guidelines.
Keep in mind that these guidelines are subject to change. Check out the CDC or other government advisories as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.
How Long Is Coronavirus Contagious on Surfaces?
On surfaces, COVID-19 can last up to 9 days, according to some research. Hard surfaces, such as metal, plastic, and wood, may be more suitable for it than porous surfaces.
How Long Does the Coronavirus Last?
We do not have a concrete answer, and personal medical questions should be addressed to medical professionals. One medical professional has suggested that a mild infection may last 1–2 weeks whereas a severe one may last longer than 6 weeks.
See the CDC for Up-to-Date Coronavirus Tips
The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. Knowing the best ways to protect yourself and your community means staying up to date with CDC recommendations and those from state and federal governments.
The above information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice.