COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus, also known as the common cold, is a virus that causes upper respiratory infection. It mutates into a form that can spread from person to person. The typical symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Loss of sense of taste and smell

Less common symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches and joint pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes, discoloration or toe, and fingernails
  • Red or irritated eyes

Who is at risk of the COVID-19?

People with underlying health conditions are more likely to catch adverse effects of COVID-19 infections. The elderly population is also at risk of the virus due to their weak immune system. It is challenging for them to fight the viral disease. Some health conditions that increase the risk of COVID-19 are:

  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease

Are children at risk of getting the COVID-19?

Children can also get infections from the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get sick with COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. However, children have a lesser risk of catching viral diseases than adults. Younger infants with underlying medical conditions are more likely to be affected by the virus.

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Practice frequent handwashing and disinfect your hands by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, and clean water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing.
  • Move away from crowded places when sneezing and practice proper disposal of facemasks and tissue. Wash your hands after.
  • Maintain distance from other people and avoid touching public surfaces.

How can household members obtain medications while maintaining a distance from others?

Members can easily manage prescription orders through web portals and mobile app. Members can fill at least a 30-day supply of essential medications to avoid going out.

How long does COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

According to WHO, there is no actual timeline on how long does the coronavirus survives on surfaces. Most studies show that coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for several days, depending on the condition. Disinfect your surroundings and maintain proper ventilation to prevent the spread of the virus.

How can you protect yourself from the spread of the virus?

Avoid direct exposures from an infected individual and follow the general guidelines of your community to contain the spread of the virus. Protect yourself by avoiding non-essential travel and social gatherings. Wear proper protective equipment such as a face mask when going outside. Disinfect your place from time to time and avoid touching surfaces in public places. Get vaccinated if COVID-19 vaccination is available in your area.