Novel Corona-virus (COVID-19) is a new strain of corona-virus, first identified in a cluster with pneumonia symptoms in Wuhan city, Hubei province of China.
Most of the cases were epidemiology linked to the seafood and animal market.
How is the virus transmitted?
Novel Corona-virus strains are spread from person to person through contaminated droplets from a person who is sick with the illness (through coughing or sneezing) or contaminated hands.
The virus can spread through touching an infected surface.
The incubation period extends from 1 to 14 days (that means the amount of time from being exposed to the virus to showing symptoms)
The symptoms are:
Shortness of breath
Note: Not everyone with a cold or upper respiratory symptom needs to get tested for COVID-19. Only a person with a symptoms and travel history can do the test.
Is there any treatment for COVID-19?
The treatment of COVID-19 depends on enhancing the immunity level of patients, treating the symptoms and easing complications, as there is no specific treatment for the virus to date.
Is there a vaccine against the Novel corona-virus (COVID-19)?
Currently there is no available vaccine that protects against novel corona-virus.
When should I wash my hands?
After handing animals or animal waste
When hands are dirty
After toilet use
After coughing or sneezing
When caring for the sick
Before, during and after you prepare food
Before and after eating
How to greet people while having respiratory symptoms such as a cough and a cold?
Avoid shaking hands and just wave.
Avoid nose-to-nose greeting.
Avoid hugging or kissing others.
If you intend to travel to areas affected by Novel corona-virus:
Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
Note: Avoid traveling abroad due to the spread of COVID-19 in multiple countries, except if it is an extreme necessity.
Misconceptions about the coronavirus
Can face masks protect me from COVID-19?
Face masks can’t protect you from the disease, in fact, it can cause the user to constantly touch their face to adjust their mask, which increases the risk of transmission if your hand is infected.
It should only be used under two conditions:
If you are suffering from respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing
If you are taking care of someone suffering from respiratory symptoms
Can antibiotics cure COVID-19?
No it can’t, antibiotics fight bacteria and have no effect on viruses.
Can influenza vaccine prevent COVID-19?
No it can’t because they can only fight the virus that causes influenza, which is different from the COVID- 19 virus.
Can garlic protect us from COVID-19?
Garlic is healthy as it contains antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic can protect us against COVID-19.
Can I shop online?
Yes, you can. There is no scientific evidence until now, which proves that COVID-19 can be transmitted through products.
Am I at risk of being infected with COVID-19 if an infected person walks past me?
No, it can only be transmitted if you have direct contact with the person infected (less than two meters away) through constant contact, and through touching.
Is it safe to order food at restaurants?
Yes, but order food that is cooked well and make sure to eat it while it’s hot.
Why should we avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth before washing our hands or sanitizing them?
While touching surfaces, your hands can collect a number of viruses, which then can be transferred to your eyes, nose and mouth when touching them and cause you to get COVID-19.
In the absence of a tissue, why should we use the inner part of our arms when coughing or sneezing?
The droplets that come out when coughing and sneezing contribute to the spread of viruses such as cold, flu, etc. and it is best to use the inner part of the arm if a tissue is not available because there is no contact between that part and the things we frequently touch or use.
Disclaimer: This Covid-19 global tracker is updated frequently in an effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. We update this page daily at 5:00 PM Nepal time