1 What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a group of viruses known primarily to cause respiratory diseases. COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, China in 2019.
2 How is COVID-19 transmitted?
The virus is transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets from the mouth or nose when an infected person cough, sneezes or talks. It is also spread through direct contact with an infected person or an infected surface.
3 How long does it take for an infected person to start showing symptoms?
The incubation period, which is the time between infection and onset of symptoms, is 5-6days but can be up to 14 days. However, some people may show no symptoms.
4 What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms include:
- Fever- when you feel warm to touch
- Cough (dry)
- Body pains
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of sense of smell
- Difficulty breathing as the disease progresses
- There can also be abdominal symptoms such as diarrhoea or abdominal pain
5 What do I do if I have any of the COVID symptoms
First of all, do not panic. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, stay indoors and self isolate. Also, get a face mask to avoid infecting others.
The NCDC numbers are available and are toll-free, you can put a call through to them.
6 Is there any cure for COVID-19?
There is no cure for COVID-19 yet. Many drugs are still undergoing trials. The management is mainly supportive especially for the severe cases where such patients are put on ventilators to help them breathe.
7 Is it possible to get reinfected?
No study has shown that a single infection confers immunity, although, more research works are being done regarding this.
8 What is the recovery rate for COVID-19?
The recovery rate is high especially for mild infections. However, a percentage of deaths have been reported.
9 What can I do to prevent the infection?
- Regular handwashing with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available. P.S- You don’t have to use hand sanitizer immediately after washing your hand with soap and water.
- Practise effective social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet between you and the next person.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching surfaces at risk of harbouring the virus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Eat healthy to boost your immune system
- Obey orders as instructed by the government or the NCDC