- Should coronavirus disease patients be isolated in hospitals?
- Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
- Can food be contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19?
- Can you catch COVID-19 by touching a surface?
- How is the presence of COVID-19 detected in testings?
- What is contact tracing for COVID-19?
- Is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?
- Who is at risk for serious problems from Covid 19?
- Does drinking lots of water help flush out COVID-19?
- How sensitive are the rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus disease?
- Do people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 need to be hospitalized?
- Should people wear masks while exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Is temperature screening effective to detect the coronavirus disease?
- How long do COVID-19 patients need to be isolated for?
- How does a rapid antigen detection test for COVID-19 work?
- How long does it take for symptoms of the coronavirus disease to appear?
- Can I breastfeed my child if I am severely ill with coronavirus disease?
- Can a person who does not show COVID-19 symptoms be infectious?
- How dangerous is COVID-19?
- What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
- What happens when you get the coronavirus disease?
Should coronavirus disease patients be isolated in hospitals?
WHO advises that all confirmed cases, even mild cases, should be isolated in health facilities, to prevent transmission and provide adequate care.But we recognize that many countries have already exceeded their capacity to care for mild cases in dedicated health facilities.
In that situation, countries should prioritize older patients and those with underlying conditions..
Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of mild COVID-19, there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials of both western and traditional medicines. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19 and will continue to provide updated information as soon as research results become available.
Can food be contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19?
It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to- person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply
Can you catch COVID-19 by touching a surface?
When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects – such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
How is the presence of COVID-19 detected in testings?
Infection with the virus causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is confirmed by the presence of viral RNA detected by molecular testing, usually RT-PCR. Detection of viral RNA does not necessarily mean that a person is infectious and able to transmit the virus to another person.
What is contact tracing for COVID-19?
contact tracing is the process of identifying all people that a COVID-19 patient has come in contact with in the last two weeks.
Is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?
The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat and headaches.
Who is at risk for serious problems from Covid 19?
See full answerMost people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, and for the majority – especially for children and young adults – illness due to COVID-19 is generally minor. However, for some people it can cause serious illness. Around 1 in every 5 people who are infected with COVID-19 develop difficulty in breathing and require hospital care.People who are aged over 60 years, and people who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease or hypertension are among those who are at greater risk of developing severe or critical illness if infected with the virus.
Does drinking lots of water help flush out COVID-19?
There is no evidence that drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus or thestomach acid kills the virus. However, for good health in general, it is recommended thatpeople should have adequate water every day for good health and to prevent dehydration.
How sensitive are the rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus disease?
Based on experience with antigen-based RDTs for other respiratory diseases such as influenza, in which affected patients have comparable concentrations of influenza virus in respiratory samples as seen in COVID-19, the sensitivity of these tests might be expected to vary from 34% to 80%.Based on this information, half or more of COVID-19 infected patients might be missed by such tests, depending on the group of patients tested. These assumptions urgently require further study to understand whether they are accurate.
Do people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 need to be hospitalized?
No. All patients discharged home should be instructed to return to hospital if they develop any worsening of illness.
Should people wear masks while exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic?
People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others.
Is temperature screening effective to detect the coronavirus disease?
See full answerTemperature screening alone, at exit or entry, is not an effective way to stop international spread, since infected individuals may be in incubation period, may not express apparent symptoms early on in the course of the disease, or may dissimulate fever through the use of antipyretics; in addition, such measures require substantial investments for what may bear little benefits. It is more effective to provide prevention recommendation messages to travellers and to collect health declarations at arrival, with travellers’ contact details, to allow for a proper risk assessment and a possible contact tracing of incoming travellers.
How long do COVID-19 patients need to be isolated for?
It is important to note that the clinical criteria require that patients’ symptoms have been resolved for at least three days before release from isolation, with a minimum time in isolation of 13 days since symptom onset.
How does a rapid antigen detection test for COVID-19 work?
One type of rapid diagnostic test (RDT) detects the presence of viral proteins (antigens) expressed by the COVID-19 virus in a sample from the respiratory tract of a person. If the target antigen is present in sufficient concentrations in the sample, it will bind to specific antibodies fixed to a paper strip enclosed in a plastic casing and generate a visually detectable signal, typically within 30 minutes. The antigen(s) detected are expressed only when the virus is actively replicating; therefore, such tests are best used to identify acute or early infection.
How long does it take for symptoms of the coronavirus disease to appear?
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
Can I breastfeed my child if I am severely ill with coronavirus disease?
If you are severely ill with COVID-19 or suffer from other complications that prevent you from caring for your infant or continuing direct breastfeeding, express milk to safely provide breastmilk to your infant.If you are too unwell to breastfeed or express breastmilk, you should explore the possibility of relactation (restarting breastfeeding after a gap), wet nursing (another woman breastfeeding or caring for your child), or using donor human milk.
Can a person who does not show COVID-19 symptoms be infectious?
SARS-CoV-2 infected persons without symptoms can also infect others. Early data from China suggested that people without symptoms could infect others. This distinction is important when developing public health strategies to control transmission.
How dangerous is COVID-19?
Although for most people COVID-19 causes only mild illness, it can make some people very ill. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre- existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.
What happens when you get the coronavirus disease?
People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days). Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover.