Amidst the spread of the current coronavirus epidemic, it can be hard to find science-based advice, as so much of the information out there is either just cautionary, or downright wrong. Thankfully, we're getting more data on a daily basis.
Now, the latest research out of Johns Hopkins University has shown that COVID-19 has an average incubation period of 5.1 days.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
The coronavirus is airborne for a few seconds after someone sneezes or coughs. It’s able to travel only a short distance before gravitational forces pull it down.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 76% and 82% had a dry cough.
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 98% of COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized had a High fever.
Fever, headache, body pain & difficulty in breathing: Symptoms of coronavirus similar to SARS
known medically as dyspnea — is often described as an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger, difficulty breathing, breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation.
Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion.
Sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow.
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs: Before, during, and after preparing food. Before eating food.
Social distancing puts space between people. When people who are infected with the virus stay away from others, they can't pass it to anyone else. This way, fewer people get sick at the same time. Then, doctors and hospitals are better able to keep up with treating those who need care.
Wearing a face masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).
Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways you can protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Cleaning hands at key times with soap and water or hand sanitizer is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading it.
Be Socially Responsible: Stop the Spread of Diseases,Wear a face mask before going outside.
To help stop the spread of covid19: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in a waste basket
Regular health checks can identify any early signs of health issues.
You can help reduce your risk of getting a infected: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres; Everyone should work from home.
Coronavirus stays on them for 3 days. iStock. People may acquire coronavirus through the air, and after touching contaminated objects.