COVID-19 coronavirus FAQ – what you should know
We have put together some essential information that you should know regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus. It’s always been a question of when, not if, a global pandemic would happen – and now it has unfortunately. However, if you are informed and take certain precautions, you can minimise the risk of infection to you and your loved ones.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that may cause symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or fever. For some, symptoms may be as mild as those for a common cold, but for more vulnerable people, such as the elderley, catching the coronavirus may cause severe pneumonia and breathing difficulties.
Where did the COVID-19 coronavirus originate?
The COVID-19 coronavirus originated in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China.
How can you be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus?
The main form of transmission is via human contact. This can occur from inhaling airborne water droplets infected with the virus and/or coming into contact with a hard surface contaminated with the virus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?
The symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus include coughing, a sore throat, a runny nose, fever, fatigue and breathing difficulties.
What age group is more likely to be impacted by infection from the coronavirus?
Those most impacted by the coronavirus are older adults aged over 60, but especially those aged over 80 for whom the risk of fatality averages out at approximately 15%.
In comparison, of the 549 children and teens infected by the coronavirus in Wuhan, only one patient had died, indicating a .001% fatality rate in the 10 to 19 age group.
Why is the COVID-19 coronavirus causing so much attention compared to other viruses?
The coronavirus has caused widespread panic and alarm because it is easily transmissible and has a much higher fatality rate than other viruses, especially among older adults. Additionally, a vaccine has yet to be developed and mass produced.
How are coronavirus patients being treated?
Coronavirus patients are being isolated in special hospital wards and are given fluids to prevent dehydration, fever medication and/or respiratory oxygen support. At present, there is no vaccine available, and antibiotics only work against bacterial infections.
What are the best ways to reduce the risk of infection from the COVID-19 coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the best ways to help reduce the risk and spread of infection include:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap or hand sanitiser
- Coughing or sneezing into a flexed elbow
- Avoiding contact with anybody with flu symptoms
- Seeking medical attention and self isolating if you have cold or flu symptoms
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Would a good oral health help to prevent COVID-19 coronavirus?
Better oral health can boost your immune system. It is also essential that you keep up good oral hygiene habits. You brush your teeth more often, you have a better immune system.
How can we avoid physical transmission of the conronavirus
Stop touching your face during the coronavirus outbreak. This is a good article for your reference. https://choice-dental.com.au/stop-touching-your-face-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/