What are coronaviruses, what is COVID-19 and how is it related to SARS?

What is a coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered […]

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are: 🤒 fever 😴 tiredness 💨 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 […]

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How does COVID-19 spread?

🤧 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 […]

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Can I catch COVID-19 from feces, animals, pets, surfaces or packages?

🚽 Can I catch COVID-19 from the feces of someone with the disease? The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. […]

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Can I catch COVID-19 from surfaces or packages?

🥄 How long does the virus survive on surfaces? It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. […]

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What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

Protection measures for everyone ℹ Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing […]

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What should I do if I have visited an area where COVID-19 is spreading?

If you have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading follow the guidance outlined in question 15. (What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?) and do the following: 🏠 Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as […]

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What are the treatment options for COVID-19 (including drugs, vaccines, therapies)?

💊 Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating COVID-19? No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by […]

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😷 Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so […]

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Is there anything I should not do?

The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-19 and can be harmful: 🚭Smoking 😷Wearing multiple masks 💊Taking antibiotics In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your healthcare […]

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How do I cope with stress during COVID-19?

📞 It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family. 🥦 If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle – including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email […]

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How do I help children cope with stress during COVID-19?

🧒 Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. 💖 Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time […]

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Covid-19 / Coronavirus Mythbusters

There is a lot of false information around. These are the facts. 🔢 People of all ages CAN be infected by the coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. ❄ Cold weather and snow CANNOT […]

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