Coronavirus can affect people of all ages, not just old people, Although people with asthma and other diseases are at a higher risk.
COVID-19 is a contagious disease that causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms with fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
Studies suggest that coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on Jan. 30. This declaration places countries on alert to do all they can to identify, isolate, and care for people who are infected; to prevent transmission, and to help other countries with weaker health systems.
Avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products. Handle raw meat, milk, and animal organs with care to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, per good food safety practices.
Like the common cold, there is no specific antibiotic or medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.
Even when wearing a mask, you should avoid touching your face and continue to follow handwashing, physical distancing, and shelter-at-home orders for your location. Medical masks such as N-95 respirators should be reserved for medical personnel who really need them.
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue. Then throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.
CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for the virus, ‘D’ for disease, and 19 refers to 2019, the year in which it was first discovered. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel member of the coronavirus family SARS-CoV-2, that’s a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.