Top 7 FAQs About COVID-19!
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Currently, we are offering our services to many business owners and homeowners concerned about protecting elderly and immunocompromised from the impact of COVID-19.
Our mission is to help our community get through the current pandemic by offering our cleaning and disinfection services at reasonable rates. The goal is to help prevent the spread. With this in mind, we have compiled and answered the top 7 questions about COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus.
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1. What Is Coronavirus?
“Coronavirus” is an umbrella term for many types of viruses. This group of viruses has been known for decades and can cause respiratory diseases in both people and animals. What has been most publicized lately is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — COVID-19 (previously 2019-nCoV), which is a new strain. According to the World Health Organization, this strain had not been previously identified in humans.
The COVID-19 has infected hundreds of thousands of people, starting in China December 2019. Since then, it has spread to Iran, Italy, and the rest of the world. This has resulted in a public scare of a global epidemic.
2. Should I Be Concerned?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes this very seriously. Stay informed and follow safety precautions to keep the risk down and avoid the virus from spreading.
3. What Are The Symptoms Of Coronavirus?
Those infected with COVID-19 show varied symptoms. They can be mildly sick or severely ill. The death toll continues to rise with more cases worldwide.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath and may appear after exposure in as little as 2 days or as many as 14 days.
4. How Does Coronavirus Spread?
The CDC believes that the virus spreads similarly to influenza pathogens. That means it is possible to contract it by being in contact with an infected person that’s coughing or sneezing or simply by touching contaminated surfaces.
5. In Which US States Can I Contract The Coronavirus?
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 is now a pandemic, which is defined as a global outbreak of disease. Therefore, there’s a risk that most of the U.S. population may, at some point, become exposed to this virus.
6. What Should I Do If I Get Sick?
If you think you have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately and stay home for a minimum of 14 days so that you do not spread virus more.
Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection, but those infected can receive supportive care if their condition gets worse!
7. How Can I Prevent Contracting COVID-19?
Currently, there’s no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, so follow these tips to avoid being exposed to the virus:
- Restrict Travel – Avoid international travel until the virus has ran its course. Given the fact that the virus has already made its way into more than 60 countries in a matter of a few months, it’s best to stay home and try to avoid contracting the virus.
- Wash Your Hands – As simple as this might sound, you would be surprised at how many people don’t wash their hands as often as they should. Have you ever been in a public restroom and watched someone walk out of the bathroom without even stopping to wash their hands? It happens more often than you might think. By washing your hands, you are keeping the germs at bay and preventing them from spreading from one person to another. Washing your hands for a few seconds isn’t sufficient either. You need to spend about 20-30 seconds washing both the front and the back of your hand with a nice lather. This will help reduce the chances of any germs hanging on and causing illness.
- Cover Your Face – If you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cover your face to prevent germs from spraying in the air and potentially infecting others. You want to contain your own germs as much as possible.
- Stay Away from Large Gatherings – Large social gatherings are a breeding ground for sickness and illness. Maintaining your distance from others is the best way you can keep your family safe. Try to maintain a distance of around six feet if possible. Because this isn’t possible at large gatherings and events, it’s far better to forgo attending the event and staying home for the time being.
- Use Hand Sanitizer – If you are out in public and unable to get to a restroom where you can wash your hands, the best thing you can do is to use a hand sanitizer with a 60%+ alcohol content. However, that doesn’t mean that you should use sanitizer as the go-to solution. Once you are able to find a place where you can wash your hands with soap and water, you should do so to keep yourself as safe as possible. While it’s a good temporary solution, it should only be used when there isn’t a better alternative.
- Keep Surfaces Clean – How often do you clean the surfaces in your home? Many people only clean their surfaces when something is spilled on them and can’t just be wiped up with a paper towel. One of the best things you can do as a family is to clean the surfaces in your home at least a couple of times per week. This will help minimize the chance of germs forming and spreading from one surface to the next. The cleaner you can keep your space, the less chance that the disease can spread between rooms or from one person to another through contact. Use disinfectant wipes to clean sinks, counters, light switches, door handles and any other frequently touched surface.