Thursday, 23 July 2020

FAQs about COVID 19

COVID-19

Asymptomatic spread of COVID-19? 

The main way COVID - 19 spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. While asymptomatic transmission does occur, no one knows for sure how frequently it happens. Studies and models have suggested many of those infected never show symptoms. Many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.


Is there a treatment for COVD 19? 

According to the MOH guidelines, similar to other novel coronavirus, there is no specific treatment for the disease. Most people infected with the coronavirus will experience mild respiratory symptoms and can recover at home, but those with underlying conditions may need more supportive care. If you suspect you’ve been infected, contact your doctor.


Is there a vaccine for a novel coronavirus? 

To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, clinical trials are being conducted for possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are: 

  • Frequently clean your hands 

  • Cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and 

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) from people 


Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?

According to CDC, older people (60+) and those with pre-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) appear to be more susceptible to becoming very sick with the virus. Some of these NCDS are:

  • Cardiovascular disease 

  • Chronic respiratory disease 

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

However, people of all ages are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene, good respiratory hygiene and maintaining social distancing


Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?

Corona Virus is not a food borne disease but a respiratory illness, therefore is it highly unlikely that the disease is spread through food. However, it is recommended that you sanitize canned or wrapped foods. Make sure you also wash your vegetables and fresh produce before eating. Likewise ensure that your hands are washed with soap and running water after unpacking your produce. 


Can humans become infected with the COVID-19 from an animal source?

Possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed. To protect yourself, such as when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times. Make sure you handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care to avoid contamination of uncooked foods and avoid intake of raw or undercooked animal products.


Can one be reinfected with COVID 19 after recovery?

There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from reinfection.


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