Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

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What should I know about coronavirus?

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We've compiled frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus at the center of the current pandemic. Each section includes links to trusted health organizations. First things first: The coronaviruses are a family of viruses whose symptoms can range from the common cold to something more serious and potentially lethal, and a new coronavirus is currently spreading across the planet, affecting the daily lives of many. In December 2019, an outbreak of a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) occurred in Wuhan, China. It causes a disease called COVID-19, which can lead to death, particularly for the elderly and people with serious chronic medical conditions. There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments available. More than 150 countries and territories, including the United States, have confirmed cases of the infection since the initial outbreak, and on March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. What are its symptoms? According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of COVID-19. Additional symptoms may include aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. Severity of the symptoms range from mild to life-threatening—about 1 in 5 people who are infected require hospital care. How do I get tested? If you’ve had contact with someone with COVID-19 or live in a community experiencing an outbreak and develop a fever and other symptoms of the disease, the CDC recommends you call your healthcare provider. Tell them about your symptoms and potential exposure to the virus, and they’ll make a call on whether you should be tested. They'll also help determine the safest way to receive your test. More specific guidelines vary from state to state. NBC News has a handy guide here. It’s especially crucial that you call your medical provider if you’re elderly or have a serious chronic medical condition. Also, if you or a loved one are very sick (e.g., experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face), seek medical attention immediately. How does it spread? The CDC and researchers worldwide still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and how it spreads. According to current knowledge, though, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. That means droplets from an infected person’s coughs and sneezes land on other people’s noses or mouths, or they breathe them in, and that infects them, too. It’s also possible that the virus can spread through people touching contaminated objects and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. How can we prevent it? According to the CDC, “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Some steps you can take to limit your exposure to the virus: Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Pay attention to hand hygiene, especially when you’ve been in a public place and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Practice social distancing by increasing the space between you and other people. That means staying home as much as you can, especially if you feel sick. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (like keyboards, doorknobs, and light switches) every day. Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. Wear a facemask only if you are sick or are caring for someone who’s sick and can’t wear a facemask. How is coronavirus different from the flu? While there are some similarities between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu (most notably fever and dry cough) one of the biggest differences is that we know significantly less about COVID-19. But here is what we do know: COVID-19 is more infectious than the flu. The “basic reproduction number,” or R0, of an infection is the average number of people who catch it from a single infected person. The flu has an R0 value of 1.3, while the R0 value of COVID-19 is estimated to be much higher. Right now, COVID-19 seems more likely to kill than the flu. While the exact fatality rate of COVID-19 is not yet known, it appears to be much deadlier than the flu. Influenza has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent, and current estimates of COVID-19’s fatality rate range from 1.4 percent to 3.4 percent. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Unlike seasonal flu, there is no widely available vaccine to protect against COVID-19 infection. Similarly, there are no antivirals to help to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the disease. For more information on this ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page dedicated to the virus, found here.
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Does flu vaccine protect against Coronavirus?

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Does having a swine flu shot help protect from covid19?
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How long are you contagious with Coronavirus?

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Yoga connects your body with your soul, that has also a spiritual connection and Meditation is for healthy mind that will keep you healthy mentally.Yoga will keep you fit and Meditation will keep your mind healthy and a strong body and strong mind can fight with any disease, but when it comes to corona virus we must know you cannot stop corona virus but unfortunately if it caught you if you have better immunity system you will recover faster than the person have weaker immunity system.So In the yoga there is some exercise that will help you increasing your immunity power and we would highly recommend you to practice yoga in order to prevent and fight with any disease.To know which yoga exercise you do to avoid Corona virus visit at:
Asked by Haven Walter in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

Is Coronavirus a virus or a bacteria?

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bacteria you can not catch a virus only when you have a needle like the flu shot
Asked by Joanne Skiles in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How many cases of Coronavirus in beijing?

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According to Bing's COVID-19 Tracker, as if March 27, 2020, there are 565 total cases of COVID-19, of those 154 are active/ongoing, 403 have recovered and 8 have died. If you ever want to know up to date information on the Coronavirus, go to the Bing website and type /covid at the end to check worldwide cases, regional cases, a chart of the growth of COVID-19, and news on it.
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Can Listerine protect against Coronavirus?

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With the rapid development of new coronaviruses, many countries have fallen into a crisis of closure, which has seriously affected our normal lives.We know that the main route of transmission of this virus is droplets of the respiratory tract, so everyone wearing a mask is a very effective protection method, but some unscrupulous businessmen have pushed up prices and sold an ordinary mask to US $ 20, which made many people unable to burden.We have cooperated with a medical institution to purchase a large number of low-cost KF94 masks. If you need to purchase a large number of masks, please contact us to ensure that you will get masks at a reasonable price.
Asked by Eloise Kuphal in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How did the Coronavirus start?

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A man ate a bat from a supermarket in Wuhan, the bat was carrying the virus known as COVID-19(coronavirus) he got the virus and then started spreading. this virus has caused countries to go on quarantine
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Does azithromycin treat Coronavirus?

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No, don't listen to people saying its fine to take it, you may build up an antibiotic resistance where it no longer works and you could get very ill
Asked by Jonna Cato NSS1 Nicolaiskolan in COVID-19

When did the corona virus outbreak start?

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In 2019 when the Chinese ate bats that contained the virus spreading from China to the whole world