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10 Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

For COVID-19 information, please visit the CDC.

Below are summaries of answers to questions that the CDC, WHO and other organizations have informed the public of.

1) Why is the novel coronavirus disease being called COVID-19?

The World Health Organization named the disease ‘coronavirus disease 2019’, which is abbreviated as COVID-19. The ‘corona’ is abbreviated as ‘CO’, ‘virus’ is abbreviated as ‘VI’, ‘disease’ is abbreviated as ‘D’, and the 19 refers to the year the virus originated. COVID-19 is considered novel since it has not previously been identified in humans.

2) Does warmer weather stop the transmission of COVID-19?

The impact of weather and temperature is still unknown as there is still much research to be done about the transmission of COVID-19. Other viruses, such as the common cold, spread more often during colder months but the impact is still unclear with COVID-19.

3) How does COVID-19 spread from human to human?

According to the CDC, the virus is spread through respiratory droplets that can occur when an infected individual sneezes, coughs, or talks. Respiratory droplets are more likely to spread when people are within about 6 feet of each other.

4) What methods do the CDC recommend for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

The CDC recommends at least 6 feet of distance between people who are interacting with each other. Additionally, the use of face masks is recommended, along with washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched can help prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.

5) When should people wear face masks?

The CDC recommends that everyone wears a mask when they’re around people who aren’t from their same household, especially when in public and social distancing is difficult to maintain. It is important to note that masks are not a substitute for social distancing and should be worn while still keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

6) Are children at risk of becoming sick with COVID-19?

Some children and infants have shown symptoms after being infected with COVID-19, although adults make up the majority of cases in the United States. However, there have been reported cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), but the relationship between COVID-19 and developing MIS-C is still being researched by the CDC and state health departments.

7) What is MIS-C and what are the risks?

MIS-C stands for ‘multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children’ and it causes inflammation in the heart, lungs, brain, skin, eyes, or various other organs. The causes of MIS-C are still unknown, however many children that developed this syndrome had COVID-19, or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19. While most children have recovered with medical care, MIS-C can be serious or even deadly.

8) Should children wear face masks?

It is recommended by the CDC that everyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth while in public settings. Children under the age of 2, including babies, have a danger of suffocation and the CDC advises against the use of masks for this age group.

9) How can you prepare for COVID-19 in the workplace?

Employers should be preparing their emergency operations plan, which should include telework options and sick-leave policies. Additionally, supplying employees with PPE is crucial for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in businesses that remain open to the public.

10) How can COVID-19 symptoms be monitored?

According to the CDC, symptoms appear between 2-14 days after an individual is exposed to COVID-19. It is crucial to monitor your temperature for fever and stay home when feeling ill. Additional symptoms can include, but are not limited to chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

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