What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

The worst types of disasters are the ones that we do not know much about. This, of course, invites speculation, hysteria, and anxiety-driven decisions, and ultimately clouds what the facts really are. What is clear is that when a contagious disease is breaking out in random parts of a nation and people are dying from it, it frightens people. As a result, people are going to want answers; they are going to want to protect their families, and they will look to the country’s leaders for guidance. Practical advice and truth must be shared in order to prevent misinformation from running rampant and the “chicken little effect” from taking over.

Here are some common questions surrounding the novel COVID-19:

• Is COVID-19 airborne? There has been some confusion on whether or not the virus is airborne, such as in the diseases of the measles or chicken pox. According to the CDC, no evidence suggests that this virus is airborne. However, if you are sick, it is highly recommended that you protect others around you and in your community by wearing a mask to prevent the spread of germs from coughs and sneezes.

• Who is the most at risk? Moreover, individuals who are over 60 years old or have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, have a weakened immune system, a respiratory condition, or diabetes could have a high risk of developing a severe form of the virus. In a published study in the official China CDC Weekly, it was revealed that out of a subset of 44,700 infections confirmed in Chinese patients through lab tests, more than 80 percent were at least 60 years old, with half over 70.

• Is it safe to receive packages in the mail? Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

• Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet? No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

• Will warm weather stop the outbreak? It is not yet known whether weather and temperature will impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months, but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

• Are pregnant women and children more susceptible to getting COVID-19? There is not currently information from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes that might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Relatively few infections in children have been reported, including in very young children.

• Should I be tested for COVID-19? Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

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What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

Symptoms of the Coronavirus

COVID-19 can be difficult to diagnose based on symptoms because it presents so similarly to a general cold or flu. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure:

  • • Fever
  • • Cough
  • • Shortness of breath
  • • Pneumonia (in some cases)
  • • Body aches
  • • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • • Diarrhea

What Coronavirus Is Not and the Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

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