- Who is at increased risk from COVID-19 infection?
- How can I keep my child safe if they are going to school during COVID-19?
- Does COVID-19 or the flu have a higher transmission rate?
- Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?
- What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease?
- What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19?
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted through feces or urine?
- Can the coronavirus spread via feces?
- Can smoking waterpipes spread the coronavirus disease?
- Does everyone with the coronavirus disease become severely ill?
- Can children be sent to school with a mild cough or cold during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?
- Is the coronavirus disease a pandemic?
- How should face masks be worn during the Coronavirus Disease pandemic?
- What is the difference between the coronavirus and the influenza virus?
- What can I do to prevent getting sick with COVID-19?
- How many people are allowed to attend funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- When are some times I should wash my hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Who is at increased risk from COVID-19 infection?
Coronavirus can affect anyone.
If you are an older adult and have a long-term health condition, COVID-19 can be very serious and in some cases fatal.
All people who are in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable group will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine..
How can I keep my child safe if they are going to school during COVID-19?
See full answer• Monitor your child’s health and keep them home from school if they are ill.• Teach and model good hygiene practices for your children: ○ Wash your hands with soap and safe water frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty. ○ Ensure that safe drinking water is available and toilets or latrines are clean and available at home. ○ Ensure waste is safely collected, stored and disposed of. ○ Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.
Does COVID-19 or the flu have a higher transmission rate?
The reproductive number – the number of secondary infections generated from one infected individual – is understood to be between 2 and 2.5 for COVID-19 virus, higher than for influenza. However, estimates for both COVID-19 and influenza viruses are very context and time-specific, making direct comparisons more difficult.
Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease?
The incubation period of COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days, but can be as long as 14 days. Thus, quarantine should be in place for 14 days from the last exposure to a confirmed case.
What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19?
There is no specific, effective treatment or cure for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Thus, the cornerstone of management of COVID-19 is supportive care, which includes treatment to relieve symptoms, fluid therapy, oxygen support and prone positioning as needed, and medications or devices to support other affected vital organs.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted through feces or urine?
SARS-CoV-2 RNA has also been detected in other biological samples, including the urine and feces of some patients. One study found viable SARS-CoV-2 in the urine of one patient. Three studies have cultured SARS-CoV-2 from stool specimens. To date, however, there have been no published reports of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through feces or urine.
Can the coronavirus spread via feces?
There is some evidence that COVID-19 infection may lead to intestinal infection and be present in faeces. However, to date only one study has cultured the COVID-19 virus from a single stool specimen. There have been no reports of faecal−oral transmission of the COVID-19 virus to date.
Can smoking waterpipes spread the coronavirus disease?
Smoking waterpipes, also known as shisha or hookah, often involves the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in communal and social settings.
Does everyone with the coronavirus disease become severely ill?
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
Can children be sent to school with a mild cough or cold during the COVID-19 pandemic?
It’s fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes.Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?
See full answerAlthough it is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, as a matter of good hygiene practice your staff should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done routinely, including:• before and after handling food • before handling clean cutlery, dishes, glasses, or other items to be used by the customer• after handling dirty or used items, such as collecting used dishes from customer tables • after handling money • after touching high-contact surfaces, such as door handles• when moving between different areas of the workplace• after being in a public place• after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Coughs and sneezes should be caught in a tissue or the crook of your elbow
Is the coronavirus disease a pandemic?
A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causing respiratory symptoms was first identified in December 2019 in China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11 March 2020, this means COVID-19 has spread worldwide.
How should face masks be worn during the Coronavirus Disease pandemic?
Face masks should:• cover both nose and mouth• not be allowed to dangle around the neck• not be touched once on• be changed if they become moist or damaged, or if difficult to breathe through• be worn once and then discarded safely, ideally into a non-touch and self-closing bin
What is the difference between the coronavirus and the influenza virus?
See full answerThe speed of transmission is an important point of difference between the two viruses. Influenza has a shorter median incubation period (the time from infection to appearance of symptoms) and a shorter serial interval (the time between successive cases) than COVID-19 virus. The serial interval for COVID-19 virus is estimated to be 5-6 days, while for influenza virus, the serial interval is 3 days. This means that influenza can spread faster than COVID-19.Further, transmission in the first 3-5 days of illness, or potentially pre-symptomatic transmission –transmission of the virus before the appearance of symptoms – is a major driver of transmission for influenza. In contrast, while we are learning that there are people who can shed COVID-19 virus 24-48 hours prior to symptom onset, at present, this does not appear to be a major driver of transmission.
What can I do to prevent getting sick with COVID-19?
The way to control this virus is the same, whatever the variant. It will not spread if we avoid close contact with others. Wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance from others, and reduce your social contacts.
How many people are allowed to attend funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The maximum limit for these events is 15 people in a COVID-secure venue, where the venue manager has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
When are some times I should wash my hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
•when you get to work or arrive home•after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze•before you eat or handle food