Important information from the World Health Organization on Coronavirus. There is a lot of discussion going on social media where people are thinking that Coronavirus or COVID19 can be prevented by masks, staying away from animals and many other things. Because of all these confusions, we thought to give you official source and information on Coronavirus. Below are some important Q&A published by the World Health Organization which will help you in understanding more about COVID19.
World Health Organization on Coronavirus
Let’s start with the basic question of current Coronavirus which has panicked all the countries in the world.
What is COVID19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.World Health Organization
The second question about the symptoms, although this is now everywhere and this what WHO says about symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.World Health Organization
The important thing to notice above is that only 2% of people passed away, which means the death rate is still lower than more deadly viruses like Ebola.
Now one of the major question and there are a lot of myths and misconception on this topic.
How does COVID 19 Spread? World Health Organization on Coronavirus
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.World Health Organization
Another question and which has become a business for a lot of people. The prices of masks in recent days has touched the roof. There is also no availability of masks in the market.
Should I wear masks to protect myself?
People with no respiratory symptoms, such as cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. WHO recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone (at home or in a health care facility).World Health Organization
The above shows that if you don’t have symptoms, stop wasting masks and give it to people who may be feeling the symptoms above. This will help in spreading the virus.
Can animals or pets transmit this virus?
No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
You can find more information on the World Health Organization’s official website here.
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