There are so many questions about this outbreak of Coronavirus. Let’s find out one by one.
History of Coronavirus?
- The first case of Coronavirus was from Wuhan, the central of Hubei province. It is reported to have started from Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market.
- Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market sells fresh produce and is a place for wildlife trade.
- The first case of Coronavirus was confirmed on 31 December 2019.
- According to research done by Peking University, Coronavirus might have come from snakes. Infectious Disease experts disagree, however, claiming that the gene of Coronavirus is closer to that of a bat.
What are the symptoms?
- As this virus is similar to the genes of pneumonia, the symptoms are similar as well
- Symptoms are similar to common colds: fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath
How does it spread?
- Can spread through human-to-human contact
- Close contact of fewer than 2 metres, and more than 30 minutes
How long is the incubation period?
- Any time from 1 to 14 days
Who are at risk?
- Anybody of every age. However, people above 40 are more vulnerable to the virus
- So far, those who died suffered from underlying health conditions (eg, diabetes, respiratory problems etc)
What type of mask should I wear?
- The Singapore Government has advised the general public to wear surgical masks, only if you are unwell
- N95 is not a good choice to wear during this epidemic
Does washing hands regularly help?
- Of course, observe proper hygiene as well
- Wash hands before, after meals and after the use of washrooms
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands
- Do not sneeze into your hands. Use tissue and dispose soiled tissue immediately.
Is it true that alcohol can kill Coronavirus?
- According to US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, using alcohol-based hand sanitiser as an alternative to washing hands is fine. However, it is still recommended to wash your hands regularly
- Disinfecting surfaces with alcohols (eg, 70% isopropyl) is a good way to kill germs and keep places clean
Is there a cure for Coronavirus?
- Currently, there is no cure as this is a new virus
- For now, doctors are using medicine to relieve symptoms
- However, scientists in Australia have recently grown Coronavirus samples to aid in finding a cure
Is there a vaccine to take?
- There is no vaccine specifically for Coronavirus
- However, if you have not had your annual flu vaccination, please take it as soon as possible
What do I do if I travelled overseas recently, and got sick?
- Stay at home, and if your condition persists, visit a doctor
- Contact the clinic beforehand to inform them of your situation
- Wear a mask when you are out in public
I stay in the same place as a confirmed patient. What do I do?
- People who had been in close contact with confirmed patients will be contacted by the MOH and quarantined for 14 days
- If you are classified as ‘low-risk individuals’ by MOH, you will be put under active surveillance. This means that you will be contacted daily by MOH to monitor your health status
- If you did not have any close contact with a confirmed patient, there is no need to worry. MOH has stated that transient contact will not put an individual at risk
Do packages shipped from China have Coronavirus?
- According to US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), the virus does not survive well on surfaces. Hence, there is an extremely low chance that the packages have the virus.
Can I get infected by interacting with animals?
- The US CDC has advised all to avoid live animals from China
- However, there is no need to avoid all pets and animals that are not from China
Is the Coronavirus similar to SARS or MERS?
- Coronavirus is not the same as SARS or MERS, but is a closer relative to SARS
Is Wildlife trade in China still legal?
- The Chinese government has temporarily banned all wildlife trade until “the epidemic situation is lifted nationwide”
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