Frequently Asked Questions


What type of treatment is available for the novel coronavirus?

There currently isn’t a vaccine against developing COVID-19. Antibiotics are also ineffective because COVID-19 is a viral infection and not bacterial. If your symptoms are more severe, supportive treatments may be given by your doctor or at a hospital. This type of treatment may involve: fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration,medication to reduce a fever, supplemental oxygen in more severe cases. People who have a hard time breathing on their own due to COVID-19 may need a respirator.

How to avoid infection from the coronavirus?

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap isn’t available. Avoid touching your face unless you’ve recently washed your hands. Stay clear of people who are coughing and sneezing. The CDC recommends standing at least 6 feet away from anyone who appears to be sick. Avoid crowded areas as much as possible.

Who’s at increased risk?

Without taking proper preventive measures, you’re also at high risk if you: live with someone who has contracted the virus. Are providing home care for someone who has contracted the virus. Have an intimate partner who has contracted the virus. Older adults and people with certain health conditions have a higher risk for severe complications if they contract the virus

What are the possible complications from COVID-19?

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Irregular heart rate (arrhythmia). Cardiovascular shock. Severe muscle pain (myalgia). Fatigue. Heart damage or heart attack. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), also known as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PMIS)

Should you wear a mask?

Yes, masks can help to slow the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. That’s because they can block the respiratory droplets of people who may be asymptomatic or people who have the virus but have gone undiagnosed. Respiratory droplets get into the air when you:exhale,talk,cough,sneeze. Certain people shouldn’t wear face masks, including: children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, people who are unable to remove their own masks.

What's the bottom line?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that develops from an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fatigue, fever, and shortness of breath. Since COVID-19 can become serious, it’s important to recognize how its symptoms differ from other conditions. You can do this by carefully considering your symptoms, their development, and your risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2.