The coronavirus pandemic is now at the forefront of international concern. As of Sunday, April 5th, the worldwide number of COVID-19 infected has reached 1,210,000 and the death toll of the virus has crossed 65,000. Europe is now the epicenter of the virus with the number of deaths increased in countries like the UK, Spain, Italy, among others.
On the optimistic side of the spectrum, many of the coronavirus patients in China are finally being released, fully cured of the virus. As awareness increases about the nature of the virus and the steps to prevent the spread, it has become more than necessary to understand the facts and prepare accordingly.
So, it this article, we’ll look at some frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and try to answer them as best as possible:
Table of Content
- 1 How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
- 2 If someone is infected by COVID-19, will they be immune to subsequent infections?
- 3 What’s the difference between the COVID-19 and the flu?
- 4 What is self-isolation? How does it help?
- 5 How dangerous is COVID-19 for Asthma patients?
- 6 Does COVID-19 spread from an infected door handle? How long does it stay active?
- 7 Is it safe to swim in public pools?
- 8 Should I wear a mask to prevent infection?
- 9 Are children at risk?
- 10 Can it spread from food cooked by an infected person?
How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
Scientists say symptoms usually show up within 7 days. However, some people still have symptoms after this. According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period is up to 7 days. However, some researchers say it can be up to 25 days. It is important to know and understand the time of incubation. Knowing this makes it more effective for physicians and health authorities to take measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
If someone is infected by COVID-19, will they be immune to subsequent infections?
Nothing can be said as of yet. The virus first appeared in December last year. However, our experience of other viruses and coronaviruses shows that antibodies need to be made in your body against the virus, which will protect you. No cases of recurrence were reported for SARS and other coronaviruses. But some people from China have been told that they have coronavirus positive even after being discharged from the hospital. However, it could not be ascertained.
What’s the difference between the COVID-19 and the flu?
There are many similar symptoms of coronavirus and flu or common fever. However, it is difficult to say where the difference is without examination. The main symptoms of coronavirus are fever and cough. There are signs of the flu which differentiate it from coronavirus, such as the sore throat. People with coronavirus tend to suffer from shortness of breath.
What is self-isolation? How does it help?
Self-isolation means staying at home for 3 days. Not going to work at that time, not going to school or other public meetings and avoiding public transportation or taxis. The living space also has to be separated from other family members. No one should come in contact with the suspected member. If you need anything, including food, medicines, or anything else at this time, ask someone who can help you get it to your door. At this time, pets should be away from home. If that is not possible, wash your hands before touching pets.
How dangerous is COVID-19 for Asthma patients?
Respiratory infections in the coronavirus can lead to asthma. Experts in the UK are of the opinion that asthma patients who are concerned about being affected by the virus have to follow a number of precautionary measures. The inhaler may be used according to the doctor’s administration. Inhaler helps reduce the risk of asthma from any respiratory infection, including coronavirus.
Does COVID-19 spread from an infected door handle? How long does it stay active?
If the victim’s spit or cough is in his hands, anything he touches will become contaminated. The door handle is a good example in case of risk. Experts believe that the coronavirus can survive on the surface of an object, such as a door handle, for up to a few days. So the best way to avoid the risk and spread of infection are to wash your hands regularly.
Is it safe to swim in public pools?
Most swimming pools contain chlorine. Chemicals like chlorine can kill viruses. So if chlorine is given in the pool it is safe to swim there. However, it can still spread to you through a person infected with a virus from the dressing room or the surface of an object, such as the door handle of a building, before swimming. In addition, coming in close contact with the infected person can spread from sneezing or cough. There are several ways in which you can stay away from the virus.
Should I wear a mask to prevent infection?
Although doctors and surgeons often wear masks on the face, there is little evidence of the significance of wearing a public mask. Public Health England has said that they do not think the mask protects against coronavirus. They have no information on the major benefits of wearing a mask outside the clinical system. However, experts say wearing a mask is good for health, like washing your hands regularly before touching the face. However, hand washing is the most effective.
Are children at risk?
According to Chinese data, children are generally less at risk for coronavirus. This can be because the children are away from the infection or have no symptoms or they have a mild illness such as colds. The virus can exacerbate illness in children.
Can it spread from food cooked by an infected person?
It can spread to other people if the affected person does not prepare the food in a healthy and hygienic way. Coronavirus can also spread from spit in the hand. It is good for everyone to wash their hands before touching anything and before eating food.
As more and more parts of the world succumb to the coronavirus infection, it is now high time for each of us to think about the protection of our community as well as ourselves. Hopefully, these answers will help to prepare yourself a bit more against this global pandemic.