Answers To 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus
Since the outbreak of the global pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) there have been countless of questions been asked everywhere as experts and the general populace try to wrap their minds around this crisis.
In the wake of all this, numerous false information have been in the media space everywhere. This in turn can cause panic, misinformation and grave errors. This is why we have taken our time to answer most of the questions about the Coronavirus to help break the chain of misinformation and the brewing of myths.
HOW DOES CORONAVIRUS 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 spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Other people also catch the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching your 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.
CAN COVID-19 BE CAUGHT FROM A PERSON WHO HAS NO SYMPTOMS?
The principal way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with the virus experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has for example , just mild cough and does not feel ill.
CAN I CATCH COVID-19 FROM THE FECES OF SOMEONE WITH THE DISEASE?
The risk of catching coronavirus from the feces of an infected person by far is slim. While the initial investigations suggest that the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread from this angle is not a main feature of the outbreak. A continous research by the World Health Organization is done on the ways of the COVID19 spread and will continue to reveal new findings as at when it becomes evident.
CAN HUMANS BECOME INFECTED WITH THE COVID-19 FROM AN ANIMAL SOURCE?
Coronaviruses are large family of viruses that are common in animals. Occasionally, people get infected with theses viruses which may then spread tom other people. An example is Civet Cats being associated with MERS-COV is transmitted by the Dromedary Camels. However,possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not been confirmed.
It is therefore important that you always protect yourself when visiting live animal markets, avoid contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times.
CAN I CATCH COVID-19 FROM MY PET?
There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19 as it is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. To protect yourself clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.