- What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a large family of viruses most commonly known to cause respiratory infections in humans. The current coronavirus outbreak is responsible for causing COVID-19. Other familiar diseases caused by coronavirus are SARS and MERS.
2. Are there people who are at a higher risk of getting sick with Coronavirus?
Though information is still being gathered about this strain of coronavirus, those at higher risk of developing complications includes elderly and those with serious pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes.
3. Can wearing a face mask guarantee protection?
Definitely not. However, if you are sick or suspect that you might be sick you should wear a medical-grade face mask mostly to protect those around you. Typical cotton masks do not provide enough protection from coronavirus.
4. Is it transmittable through water?
Fecal tests of infected individuals have demonstrated the survivability of coronavirus which points to the possibility it could contaminate water sources.
5. Can vodka be used as a hand sanitizer?
The best way to disinfect is by washing your hands for a minimum of 20-30 seconds with soap under warm water. If you use hand sanitizers make sure they contain at least 60% alcohol (standard vodka is 40% alcohol). (1)
6. Can coronavirus survive on surfaces?
Yes, according to Harvard “COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.” (2)
When you choose a disinfectant product keep in mind not all of them are created “equal”. EPA states that “if a product with an emerging viral pathogen claim is not available, use a product with a coronavirus claim. If the product is listed as “N” under the Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim column, then it has a human coronavirus claim.” Additionally, the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2 if its EPA registration number is included on the list with emerging viral pathogen claims and those with human coronavirus claims.
Here’s a helpful link to a comprehensive list of disinfectants:
7. How can we best avoid the mounting anxiety and panic?
The # 1 thing is to focus only on credible medical sources of information. Check for updates on CDC websites and blogs from reputable sources such as Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic. Try to avoid watching TV and browsing social media too often. Besides taking all necessary precautions, try practicing mindfulness and focus on breath work. The best meditation apps to try are Calm and Headspace.
8. What are the most important steps to avoid getting infected with coronavirus?
- Avoid crowded places
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or a hand sanitizer that contains no less than 60% alcohol for 20-30 seconds
- Avoid touching your face especially your mouth, nose and eyes
9. What to do if you get infected with Coronavirus?
Currently, there are no vaccines or medicines to prevent or treat Covid-19. It’s important to seek proper medical care if you’ve developed a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing. It’s also important to wear a mask and try not to spread the virus to medical staff or other people around you.
Coury Clemens MPH, PA-C / Partner & Director Of Operations at EFFI FOODS
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