Common Questions about COVID-19

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 by David Rummel | with 0 comments
Filed under: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Safety
What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a viral disease that started in 2019 in Wuhan, China. From there, it spread from direct human-to-human contact. The breakdown of the nomenclature for COVID-19 is as follows:
"COVI" stands for coronavirus, "D" stands for disease, and "19" is the year when this virus was found.
 
Why is cleanliness important?

COVID-19 can possibly live on surfaces up to 48-72 hours or longer. For this reason, disinfection of all surfaces is extremely important. High-touch surfaces are particularly vulnerable to contamination and a high potential for spread.

The weather is changing, is cold weather more susceptible for transmitting the virus verses hot weather- or vice versa?

Short answer: No, the virus can be spread through any season.

According to WHO.INT, There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. (Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters, 2019)
 
How do you self-clean correctly?
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 
Can the Coronavirus be transmitted through mosquitoes?

No, the coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites. To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing. (Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters, 2019)

Fact or Fiction? The new coronavirus was deliberately created or released by people.

Fiction! Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be. Research is still being done to find the origin.

Fact or Fiction? Hand dryers will kill the virus.

No, hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.(Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters, 2019)

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No, Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations. (Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters, 2019)

If you have any other quetions, please visit 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 for more information.
 

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