Frequently asked question about COVID 19

Frequently asked Questions

1. How does the coronavirus disease spread?

2. How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

3. Who is most at risk of COVID 19?

4. What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease?

5. Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus disease?

6. Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus disease




How does the coronavirus disease 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 COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.



How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces acording to WHO, 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.



Who is most at risk of COVID 19?

WHO says that people of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 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. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.



How does the coronavirus disease spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The WHO websites indicates that 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 COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.



What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease?
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease write the World Health Organization WHO. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.


Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus disease

When a disease is new, there is no vaccine until one is developed. It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed.
27th Apr 2020

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