MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus covid- 19 is an infectious disease. It can cause respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

Why coronavirus disease is being called COVID-19?
In COVID-19 the word ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona’, ‘VI’ for ‘virus’, and ‘D’ for ‘disease’.

Why someone should avoid individuals and groups because of coronavirus?
People are worried about getting the disease from friends and relatives who are living in or visiting the places where COVID-19 is spreading. This fear can lead people to social stigma.

HOW COVID-19 SPREADS:
What is the source of virus?
Coronaviruses are common in people and many species of animals, including camels, cats, cattle, and bats. Animal coronaviruses infect people and then spreads among humans.

How the virus spread?
Coronavirus spreads from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads when person are in close contact.

Can someone spread illness to others who has quarantined for COVID-19?
Quarantine is established for incubation period, which is the period during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, period of quarantine is 14 days. A person who has been released from quarantine is not considered risk anymore for others.

Can coronavirus be spread through food?
There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission associated with food. Before cooking or eating food always wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. Because of poor survivability of this virus on surfaces, there is very low risk of spread from food products.

What temperature kills the coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses survive for shorter periods at higher temperature.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
How can I protect myself?
Everyone should clean hands frequently. Use a hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid contact with people who are ill. Everyone should cover their face when going in public.

Should contact lens wearers take special precautions to prevent this disease?
There is no evidence that contact lens wearers are at greater risk of acquiring COVID-19. Contact lens wearers should continue to practice care hygiene habits.

COVID-19 AND CHILDRENS
Is my child at risk of developing COVID-19?
People of any age can develop this disease but children are not at higher risk of developing COVID-19 as adults. Children with medical conditions and special healthcare need may be at higher risk of developing the disease but its not confirm.

Are symptoms of COVID-19 different in children?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in both children and adults. Symptoms in children include fever, runny nose, and cough.

How to prepare my children in case of COVID-19 outbreak in my community?
Stay calm and talk to your children about the outbreak, and make sure they follow the basic safety protocol. Explain your children that the illness from COVID-19 is mild.

Can my child hang out with friends during this pandemic?
It’s important to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19. It is essential to maintain 6 feet distance from each other even if children are playing outside their own homes.

PREPARING YOUR HOME AND COVID-19
How to prepare myself and family for COVID-19?
Create a plan to protect yourself and your family during this outbreak of COVID-19. Plan different ways to take care of people who might be at greater risk of developing COVID-19, particularly older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions.

What steps my family can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19?
If you are sick stay home, except to get medical aid. If you develop emergency signs such as difficulty breathing, bluish lips or face, persistent pain consult your doctor immediately. Use separate room for sick member.

Who is at higher risk of developing illness from COVID-19?
Older adults and people of any age with severe underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung diseases, serious heart conditions, and Immunocompromised patients.

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