- What hygiene practices should I follow to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?
- What is the “Stop The Spread” campaign?
- What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
- Can food be contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19?
- Can drinking alcohol help in preventing COVID-19?
- Who is most at risk for COVID-19?
- What are some protective measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission?
- What are some ways in which the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted?
- Can the coronavirus spread via feces?
- Are smokers at higher risks of COVID-19?
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted via food or food packaging?
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted through feces or urine?
What hygiene practices should I follow to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?
See full answerRegularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands.
By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens..
What is the “Stop The Spread” campaign?
“Stop The Spread” is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness about the risks of misinformation around COVID-19, and encourages them to double check information with trusted sources such as WHO and national health authorities.WHO are promoting this campaign in many countries spanning across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. The campaign is in support of WHO’s work towards addressing the infodemic of false information about COVID-19 and busting myths about the spread, diagnostic and treatment of the disease.
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.
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 drinking alcohol help in preventing COVID-19?
Alcohol does not protect against COVID-19; access should be restricted during lockdown.
Who is most at risk for COVID-19?
The COVID-19 virus infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people; and those with underlying medical conditions. WHO emphasizes that all must protect themselves from COVID-19 in order to protect others.
What are some protective measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission?
Clean your hands often.Cough or sneeze in your bent elbow – not your hands!Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.Limit social gatherings and time spent in crowded places.Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What are some ways in which the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted?
People with the virus in their noses and throats may leave infected droplets on objects and surfaces (called fomites) when they sneeze, cough on, or touch surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. Other people may become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, noses or mouths before cleaning their hands. This is why it is essential to thoroughly clean hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub product, and to clean surfaces regularly.
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.
Are smokers at higher risks of COVID-19?
See full answerA review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers. COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other diseases. Tobacco is also a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes which put people with these conditions at higher risk for developing severe illness when affected by COVID-19.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted via food or food packaging?
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 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.