Coronavirus: What you need to know

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Coronavirus: What you need to know

As coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the globe, there is important information you should know about the disease, what you can do to mitigate its impact, and how you can keep yourself and others safe.

Coronavirus: Symptoms

What are the symptoms?

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Are digestive issues a symptom?

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Are the loss of smell and taste symptoms?

The loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a sign that an individual has coronavirus, according to a recent report.

Anything else?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added six new symptoms to those reported to be associated with coronavirus.

When should you go to the hospital, and when should you stay at home?

There are steps you should take to protect yourself and others before heading to the doctor or emergency room that will also help protect the nation’s health care systems.

What are the levels of severity?

The severity of the novel coronavirus can differ from person to person.

Coronavirus: Transmission

How is coronavirus transmitted?

According to the CDC, coronaviruses are common in camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Person-to-person transmissions are thought to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.

Can you get it from packages?

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “There is no evidence right now that the coronavirus can be spread through the mail.”

Can I get it from using the toilet?

Scientists are still learning a great deal about COVID-19 and how it spreads, but they have learned it can be transmitted via “aerosolized feces,” although it has not been proven to be high enough concentrations to cause an infection.

Can I get it from swimming pool water?

A dip in a crisp pool is all one needs to cool off on a hot day. But can coronavirus spread in pool water?

Can I get it from a drinking fountain?

There’s no evidence you can get COVID-19 from the water itself. But since the virus may linger on surfaces, experts say to avoid fountains if you can or to limit any direct contact when using them.

Is it safe to ride public transportation during the pandemic?

It depends on a variety of factors, but there are ways to minimize risk.

Can it be transmitted outdoors?

While experts agree the great outdoors reduces the risk of virus transmission as compared to confined areas with stagnant air, they also say there is still a theoretical risk.

Should I keep using my contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers are being advised to switch to glasses amid the coronavirus outbreak as doing so may lessen the urge to touch your eyes.

Does your blood type matter?

People with blood type A might be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, while those with type O blood could be more resistant, according to a study from China.

What are the coronavirus transmission risks?

Researchers and health experts have said the virus can stay in the air for an extended period of time, spread from person to person within close distances, and even remain some types of surfaces for days.

Coronavirus: Protecting yourself and others

What steps can I take in everyday life to reduce my risk?

Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no high-fives — or even elbow bumps — at the gym.

What should I bring with me when venturing out?

The CDC recommends bringing three specific items with you when venturing out in public: a face covering, hand sanitizer that’s made with at least 60 percent alcohol, and tissues.

If I was infected, how long until I can be with others?

For those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or suspect they may be infected, knowing when it’s safe to see other people can be daunting.

Can I make my own hand sanitizer?

If you are thinking of making your own hand sanitizer at home, be very careful since there are many recipes available online that can put you in harm’s way.

Should I be sanitizing surfaces?

The CDC says that the novel virus “does not spread easily” from touching contaminated surfaces or objects, but that doesn’t mean you should stop your sanitization routine.

Am I washing my hands correctly?

There are a few general rules to follow when it comes to washing your hands thoroughly, including for how long you should keep them under running water.

Am I using hand sanitizer correctly?

Hand sanitizer is a good option when traditional hand washing is not feasible. But it won’t do you much good if you don’t use it correctly.

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How to handle your laundry

We know to practice safe social distancing and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and our loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic — but how about our clothes?

How can I make my own face covering?

In a 45-second video, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams shows Americans how to make a facial covering using an old T-shirt and two rubber bands.

Article Source: Foxnews

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