Everyday Health FAQs During A Pandemic
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
How does the coronavirus spread?
The virus is thought to be spread mainly from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets can then land on a person’s mouth or nose and be inhaled into the lungs.
What should I do if I think myself or my child has COVID-19?
If you believe an individual in your household may have COVID-19, you should contact your doctor to find out the next steps. Make sure you know all the symptoms you are having and how long you have had them. Knowing those items will help your healthcare provider determine if you need medical care.
How can you protect your family?
While there is currently no vaccine, there are steps you can take to help reduce exposure.
- Cleaning your hands frequently with soap and water, or hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, is one of the main ways to reduce exposure. It is especially important to remember to wash your hands after visiting a public place.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a mask is another important way to protect your family. Doing so not only protects you, but also protects others.
- Social distancing when possible will help your family stay safe.
- Lastly, routinely disinfecting frequently touched surfaces reduces the spread of bacteria and viruses.
What supplies should I have at home?
The CDC recommended quarantine period is 14 days, therefore, it is best if at all possible, to have enough food to last as close to the 14-day period. It is also important to have hand sanitizer, disinfectant, antibacterial wipes and other cleaning supplies.
Who is in the high-risk category for COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the high-risk category includes:
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Individuals living in nursing homes or long care facilities
- Immunocompromised individuals
- Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease and a BMI of 30 or higher
What is the risk of a child becoming sick with COVID-19?
Currently, there is no evidence that children are at a higher risk than adults.
Are you more at risk if you are pregnant?
Currently, there is not a lot of evidence regarding pregnant women and their babies. However, some studies have suggested there is no increase in a women’s risk of getting COVID-19 if pregnant.
How long does COVID-19 live on surfaces?
COVID-19 has been shown to live on surfaces for varying amounts of time. It can last on:
- Cardboard: up to 24 hours
- Plastic: up to 72 hours
- Stainless Steel: up to 72 hours
- Air particles: up to 3 hours