Coronavirus Questions and Answers

Question: Is the coronavirus transmitted through air? Is it airborne?

Answer: Most likely not. There is no evidence that the coronavirus is spread through the air, and the WHO says it is most likely not a major factor of transmission. 


Question: Should I wear a mask to prevent infection?

Answer: Yes. The Center for Disease Control recently recommended that people going outside, wear any sort of mask that covers their nose and mouth. 


Question: Does the coronavirus only affect older people?

Answer: No. People of all ages can and have been affected by COVID-19. People who are older or people with preexisting conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the coronavirus.


Question: Are there specific treatments for those with the coronavirus?

Answer: As of yet, no. Those who contract the disease will be treated to make them more comfortable, but all doctors can really do is ease the discomfort of the patient as the virus runs its course. Specific treatments are undergoing trials right now, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing all they can to streamline these trials. 


Question: Are antibiotics effective at treating COVID-19?

Answer: No. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses, only bacteria. However, if you are hospitalized for having COVID-19, you may be treated with antibiotics to treat a secondary bacteria (e.g. pneumonia).


Question: Do pneumonia vaccines protect against COVID-19?

Answer: No. Vaccines against pneumonia or the flu does not protect against COVID-19. This virus is too new to have an effective vaccine for it.


Question: Can rinsing your nose with saline regularly or eating garlic prevent you from getting the coronavirus?

Answer: No. There is limited evidence that rinsing with saline can help people get over a common cold sooner, but there is no evidence that shows that this helps prevent the coronavirus or helps patients get over having the coronavirus sooner. Garlic does have certain antimicrobial properties but there is no evidence that eating garlic can help prevent contracting COVID-19.


By Eliana Sauer

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