Have Questions about Coronavirus? – Ask a Doctor

The outbreak of novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has caused a lot of panic among the common people throughout the world. The best & stringent measures, such as lockdown, and constantly promoted awareness about the disease is bound to give rise to several queries in your mind. Find answers to the Top Ten questions related to Coronavirus disease, as per WHO.

I am experiencing fever, dry cough, fatigue and difficulty in breathing. Can it be COVID-19?

Fever, dry cough and fatigue are the most common symptoms of Coronavirus disease. Some patients may develop runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, diarrhoea and difficulty in breathing. However, these symptoms are also seen in many other conditions such as flu and in some form of allergies. So, it is recommended to visit your doctor or get yourself tested for COVID-19.

If I have COVID-19, are there any chances of recovery? I am worried?

Most of the COVID-19 infected individuals (around 80%) recover from the ailment without the requirement of any special treatment. It’s just about 1 out of every 6 patients who turn seriously ill & suffer breathing difficulties. So, do not panic or worry. Receive appropriate treatment at the right time, and fend off the disease. Immunity, age and presence of any underlying chronic condition play an important role in the process and duration of the recovery. So, elderly individuals and people with low immunity should take extra precautionary measures.

Does Coronavirus spread through air?

COVID-19 spreads  through the droplets of the infected individuals, either through direct spread or when these droplets fall on surfaces and other people touch them. So, maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from each other and clean your hands and surrounding surfaces, to keep Coronavirus at bay.

For how many hours/days, does the virus survive on various surfaces?

Studies indicate that the virus can survive on various surfaces from hours to several days. This depends on the type of surface and also the ambient temperature and humidity. It may survive for upto 3 days on smooth surfaces like steel and plastic. It survives for lesser duration on porous surfaces like cardboard. Cleaning the surface with a disinfectant is important to kill the virus and protect yourself. Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.

Can I catch Coronavirus disease from my pet?

No. There is no conclusive evidence till now that pet, such as dog or cat, can transmit the infection. However, it is recommended to clean your hands thoroughly post petting your pet.

Is it safe to smoke during these vulnerable times?

Smoking is harmful for health. Smoking lowers immunity and hence should be avoided. Lowered immunity will increase the risk of developing complications if one is infected with COVID-19.

Should I wear mask all the time?

Wear a mask only if you are suffering from COVID-19 infection or if you are a caregiver for someone who may have COVID-19. Wearing several masks does not guarantee extra protection. Ensure that the masks are properly disposed post usage. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others are to clean your hands frequently, cover your cough with tissue / bent elbow and maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from others.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

No, there are no vaccines or medicines that are available yet to treat or prevent COVID-19 infection. A COVID-19 infected individual is usually treated with supportive and palliative care. Following precautionary measures and social distancing are the only thing that can keep you safe.

Are antibiotics effective in COVID-19 infection?

No, COVID-19 is a viral infection and antibiotics work on infection caused by bacteria. Hence, antibiotics is not used for preventing or treating COVID-19 infection. They should be used only to prevent or treat bacterial infection, as prescribed by a Doctor.

What is the incubation period for COVID-19?

Incubation period refers to the time period between getting exposed to the virus to exhibiting the symptoms. The recent update on this suggests that the estimated incubation period is 1-14 days.

Amidst all the panic and lockdown situation, if you or your loved one feel the need to reach out to a Doctor for any doubt about COVID-19 or any other condition, feel free to call us for a FREE TELECONSULATION.

Remember, “You do your bit of staying at home, while we do ours”

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