Coronavirus Q & A

What is the novel coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus also known as (COVID19), has been identified by CDC as a new disease that has not previously been seen in humans. It is not that same as the coronaviruses that can cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms for the novel coronavirus are similar to the symptoms of other upper respiratory infections associated with the common cold or flu. These can include a combination of high fever, coughing, and a shortness of breath.

How is the coronavirus spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person (close contact within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets that move through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The CDC states that it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Why is it dangerous?

The person-to-person spread of the coronavirus is of major concern. Researchers do not know the difference between a lethal infection and one that feels only like a bad cold. The virus puts an enormous strain on the immune system by attacking and killing cells in the body, causing secondary infections and inhibiting your airways and lungs. 

Are there any medications for it?

Currently, there are no developed vaccines in place to prevent the coronavirus disease.

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you have symptoms of the flu (aches, fever, coughing, etc.) you should self-isolate and notify your primary care physician for immediate medical advice via phone. 

What precautions should I take?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following prevention strategies:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water as often as possible for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay at home if you are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. 
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Restrict activities where you share items (food, drinks, etc.) with others.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household cleaning products.