Every day we are getting bombarded with speculation and stories about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Many myths are circulating about COVID-19, but when it comes to your health, it is best to get your information from the experts. We have gathered these facts from the WHO website.
What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?
Fever, fatigue, and dry cough, as well as some patients, report aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea.
How do I protect others if I have symptoms?
It should go without saying, but if you cough or sneeze, use your bent elbow or a tissue and be sure you throw the tissue in the garbage. Self-isolate, stay away from others until a doctor determines your status.
If I have these symptoms, do I need to go to the hospital?
If your symptoms are mild, call a doctor that makes house calls, but if you begin to have problems breathing, go to the hospital. Call the hospital to find out their protocol for arrival in case of infection.
Is there a vaccine for this virus?
No, there is no vaccine at this time. The vaccine is in development.
Will antibiotics cure COVID-19?
No, antibiotics treat bacterial infections; COVID-19 is a viral infection.
How is this illness spread?
Person to person mainly through respiratory droplets (sneezing and coughing).
Does the virus survive on inanimate objects?
Yes, you can be infected by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
What precautions can I take to avoid infection?
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face; the virus is transmitted through eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Avoid contact with infected people.
- Stay at least 1 meter away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
What are the chances of getting seriously ill from this virus?
The infection is relatively mild, and most people will make a full recovery from COVID-19. However, older people with underlying health issues such as asthma, high blood pressure, lung disease, diabetes, HIV, cancer, or heart disease are more likely to develop severe illness.
Should I wear a face mask?
Yes, only if you are infected with the virus or taking care of an afflicted person, but there is no evidence that wearing a mask will protect you from getting the infection, according to the WHO.
Again, the essential precaution is frequent hand washing and avoid touching your face
The WHO states there is a worldwide shortage of masks and other protective supplies caused by panic buying, hoarding, and this misuse is putting lives at risk from infectious diseases. The shortages leave frontline healthcare workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients.
For more information and updates, check the World Health Organization website. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus