COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a kind of virus that causes an infection in your sinuses, nose, or upper throat. In early 2020, after a December 2019 outbreak in China, it is identified SARS-CoV-2 as a new type of coronavirus. It quickly spread around the world. The COVID-19 can trigger a respiratory tract infection. The respiratory tract infection spread the same way other coronaviruses do. The infection ranges from mild to deadly.
- Loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Chills sometimes with shaking
- Trouble breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Bluish lips or face
- Can’t wake up fully
- New confusion
- Ongoing chest pain or pressure
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
COVID-19mainly spreads from person-to-person. Most of the time, it spreads when aperson sneezes or coughs. The person infected can spray the droplet as far as 6feet away. If you breathe in the droplets, the virus can easily get into yourbody. Some people who have the virus don’t have symptoms but still, they canspread it.
You mayas well get the virus from touching a surface or object where the virus is thenyou touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. Most viruses can live for several hours ona surface that they land on. That is why it’s important to disinfect surfacesto get rid of the virus. We can work together to lower the transmission rate bywearing face masks, washing hands often, limiting contact with other people, keepingcommon surfaces clean, and staying 1-2 meters away from otherpeople.
CanCOVID-19 be transmitted through packages, groceries, or food?
You aremuch more likely to get the virus from another person than from packages,groceries, or food. There’s no clear evidence that anyone has gotten thedisease from food or food containers.
If youare in a high-risk group, you may stay at home and use a delivery service or afriend to shop for you. If you do your shopping, try to stay at least 6 feetaway from other shoppers. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before andafter bringing things into your home. The virus can linger on hard surfaces soas much as you can, clean and disinfect countertops, and anything else yourbags have touched.
A swabtest is the most common method. The person giving the test puts a swab up yournose to get a sample from your throat and the back of your nose. However, someareas may have rapid tests that give results in as little as 15 minutes. Ifthere are signs of the virus, the test is positive. A negative test can meanthere wasn’t enough to measure or there is no virus at all.
A swabtest can only tell whether you have the virus in your body at that moment. But,an antibody test can show whether you’ve ever been exposed to the virus even ifyou didn’t have symptoms.