All Your Questions About COVID-19
With a lot of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India, panic has struck in the minds of people all over the county. A lot of misinformation is spreading on social media regarding the spread, outbreak and precautions of this deadly virus.
In this crucial stage, it is important for every one of us to keep ourselves well informed and stay safe as much as possible. So to help you and educate you about this deadly virus we have answered some of the frequent questions people have in mind.
Q: What are the common symptoms?
A: Fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients may also have pains, running nose, diarrhoea or sore throat.
Q: How does it spread?
A: Coronavirus spreads through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are released when an infected person coughs or exhales and lands on the respiratory organ of a close-by person. This virus majorly spreads through touch, if you touch a surface which has been previously touched by an infected person, you’re most likely to catch the virus.
Q: What’s the ‘safe distance’ to be maintained with an infected/non-infected person?
A: It is suggested to maintain at least 6 feet away from the person, irrespective of them being infected or not.
Q: Wearing a mask can protect us from the virus?
A: Mask is mandatory if you are in close contact with an infected person. Especially for the healthcare workers. Otherwise, it’s suggested for everyone to wear a mask if they may need to step out of their houses during this lockdown period and come in contact with an outsider.
It is very important that you dispose of the mask properly, otherwise you might just happen to spread the virus instead of protecting yourself.
Q: Does the virus spread through coming in contact with the person who has a cough?
A: It is not mandatory that every person having a cough would be a Coronavirus infected person. But nevertheless, one should always maintain a safe distance from any sick person around. The better your immune system the better you’ll be able to fight this virus. Even you catch a regular cold & cough flu, you increase the risks of catching the virus.
Q: Is washing hands and using sanitizers effective?
A: Yes. Washing hands and using sanitizers are considered to be the best ways to prevent the spread of this virus. Although, the sanitizer must have at least 60% alcohol content in them.
The virus can only enter your body through your respiratory organs and our hands come in contact with the face quite often throughout the day. Hence clean germ-free hands and reduce the chances of the spread.
Q: Should I get myself screened if I had travelled recently?
A: Yes, it is recommended to get screened if you have travelled to any place that has been affected by COVID19. If you have any symptoms it would be better if you self-isolate yourself until recovered.
Q: Will antibiotics help?
A: No. Antibiotics do not work against COVID19. They only work against bacterial infection.
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