If you feel confused regarding the different types of information one may come across regarding the current pandemic, it’s important to emphasize that not everything you see on social media is a reliable source. Read on to find out what are the key points reliable sources of information such as the World Health Organization (WHO) want you to know.
The Symptoms Vary from None to Severe
You can be infected and have no symptoms. The symptoms vary a lot from person to person which is why it is best for everyone to practice social distancing and to maintain proper hygiene at all times. People who don’t show any symptoms can still transmit the virus to other individuals.
What are Masks for?
Your mask protects others while others need to wear a mask to protect you. Your mask cannot do a lot regarding preventing you from getting infected. However, if we all play by the rules, we will be protecting others and we’ll know that they are protecting us in return. There’s no need to wear a mask if you are hiking, biking or on a walk with someone you live with. However, it is pivotal to wear one when you have to be with a group of people, for example when you wait in line in a grocery store.
The Virus Can Survive on Different Surfaces
In order to be safe, make sure you get an idea of what materials let the virus live for longer as you’ll need to disinfect them. You can get infected both by coming into close contact with a sick person or by touching infected areas.
It’s All in Your Immune System’s Hands
Everything depends on how well your body can tackle this threat. People who have been leading a healthier lifestyle have better chances whereas those who have an already compromised immune system need to be extra careful and make sure that they switch to better choices now
Antibiotics Can Do Nothing Against a Virus
Since there is a huge difference between viral and bacterial infection, unlike the latter, viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. In fact, the use of antibiotics can weaken the immune system. There are some cases in which a doctor may decide to prescribe antibiotics to a person suffering from coronavirus, but not as to treat the virus itself, but the potential damage it has caused – for instance, if he/she develops pneumonia.
It takes up to 14 Days for the Infected Person to Show Symptoms
If someone suspects that they might have gotten infected, they need to isolate themselves and call a doctor to see if they can get tested. The virus requires up to 14 days of incubation before it shows symptoms (if any), so it is crucial for that person to protect others by not coming into close contact.
Proper Hygiene and Social Distancing Can Help Flatten the Curve
The reason why everyone needs to obey the rules is simple – the fewer people get infected at once, the better hospitals will be able to respond. There will be no shortage of supplies, there will be no panicking which can result in loss of lives and there will be gradual instead of a sudden increase in the numbers of infected people. This way, we can protect the elderly as for some of them catching the virus can mean great hazard that leads to death.
Pets Cannot Get nor Transmit the Virus
It has been tested and proven with immense certainty that pets cannot transmit the virus. There is no need for you to avoid coming into contact with your or the pets of your close ones.
Most common ones:
- Mild to severe fever
- Very dry cough with no mucus
- Feeling tired
Less common ones:
- Feeling pain in different parts of your body
- Having a sore throat
- Having diarrhea
- Suffering from conjunctivitis
- Having headaches
- A sudden or gradual loss of taste or smell
- A rash on your skin, or discoloration on your fingers or toes
- Difficult breathing or uncomfortable shortness of breath
- Feeling chest pain or pressure
- Feeling paralyzed