Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus
This new virus, which was recently declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization), is a virus which has caused great uncertainty in all corners of the world because there is no vaccine or medicine that can prevent or cure the contagion and it spreads very easily, even more than the 2009 influenza.
As in other diseases and situations, information and keeping abreast of what is happening will always be key to avoid panicking and making drastic decisions that instead of benefiting you may put you at risk.
Here are the answers to the most common questions thousands of people have about this new type of coronavirus:
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause disease in humans and animals. Several coronaviruses together can cause illness, which can range from a simple cold to an acute respiratory syndrome, such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) or pneumonia.
In this case, the coronavirus that has infected thousands of people is known as COVID-19, which was caused by a new virus that has not previously been reported in humans.
How does it spread?
The virus can be contracted through contact with an infected person. Someone with the disease or showing symptoms of this virus can spread it to people close to them because it can be spread through droplets from the nose or mouth that are expelled when the person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can fall on surfaces or objects that are close to the person, and if these objects are touched and then the person touches his or her face, especially the eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus can enter through these areas.
You can also get it if you inhale droplets that have been spread by a person nearby when you sneeze or cough. That’s why it’s important to stay about 3 feet away from people who are sick or have similar symptoms.
What are the main symptoms?
The most common symptoms that have occurred to date are as follows:
In some cases, infected people have reported sore throats, diarrhea, nasal congestion, runny nose, and aches and pains in various parts of the body.
How long is the incubation period?
The incubation period is estimated to be 11 to 14 days. Although a recently published study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology determined that incubation is 5 days. This means that on average a person will begin to show symptoms 5 days after contracting the virus.
What can I do to reduce the risk of infection?
Some tips that have been proposed to reduce the possibility of contagion are the following:
Washhands with soap and water, including nails and fingers. The duration of the hand rub should be 15 seconds plus the time it takes to rinse.
Cleanhands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This will help reduce the risk of the virus if you come into contact with contaminated objects.
Avoidtouching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If your hands have the virus on them from a surface they have come in contact with, by placing them on these parts of your face, the virus can enter your body.
Stayaway from people who cough or sneeze. The recommended distance is 3 feet. This will prevent droplets from being inhaled.
Stayat home in case of suspicion. It is best not to expose yourself and contact a health care professional for an evaluation.
Avoid crowded places. If an infected person is at the site, they are more likely to become infected by inhaling airborne droplets.
Who can develop more severe cases if infected?
So far the people who are most vulnerable are those over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure.
This does not mean that children and young adults are not exposed, only that they are less likely to be hospitalized than older adults.
Can I take antibiotics to avoid getting sick?
No, antibiotics do not work for COVID-19. Since it is a virus and not a bacterium, an antibiotic will not prevent or cure the infection.
What we do recommend you take daily, especially in cases like this, is SynergyO2 liquid oxygen.. Its formula will help you strengthen your immune and respiratory system, in addition to providing you with a range of other benefits and nutrients your body needs to stay strong and healthy.
Should I use a mouthpiece?
No, you do not need to use a mask if you are not near an infected person and you do not have symptoms of the disease. Remember that mouthguards are meant to be used only once and should be discarded immediately once they are removed.
How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
There is no exact survival time, but it is estimated that coronaviruses can survive from hours to days. How long it lasts depends on the environment and the type of surface it is on.
If you suspect that an object or surface is contaminated, it is best to wipe it with disinfectant and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Can I get it from contact with my pets or other animals?
In the case of pets such as dogs and cats, there is no evidence to show that transmission by this route is possible. As far as farmed or wild animals are concerned, the animal origin of COVID-19 has not yet been confirmed. As a precaution, if you visit a farm or market with animals, make sure you do not come into contact with them or the surfaces where they are kept.
Our articles are written for educational and informational purposes and should never be taken as a medical consultation. If necessary, see your doctor or health care professional instead before you start using supplements or making changes to your diet.