Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus is a big family of pathogens. Some of them cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Others can cause fatal infections. A coronavirus gets its name from how it looks. Under an electron microscope, these pathogens exhibit spikes that resemble the angles of a crown. There are many coronaviruses that only infect animals. Some evolve in their animal hosts to infect humans. The type that infects humans was first identified in the 1960s. Since then, seven human-infecting types of coronavirus have been identified, including 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan Coronavirus.

 

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What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
The symptoms of Wuhan virus illness resemble other respiratory infections. Infected people may experience coughing and fever, as well as shortness of breath. Some patients have had vomiting, diarrhea, and similar stomach symptoms. The most severe cases have caused pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death. According to the CDC, some infected people have few or no symptoms, whereas others may be severely ill or die from the disease. Initial estimates suggest symptoms last between two and 14 days.

Is There a Vaccine for Virus?
So far, no vaccine has been developed for this newly discovered virus. The National Health Commission in China is collaborating with various health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), to further study how severe and how contagious this virus may be. By sharing data and continuing to study the illness, health researchers worldwide hope to contribute to the development of a vaccine.

Do masks help protect against infection?
Although wearing face masks appears socially obligatory in some east Asian cities affected by coronavirus, the World Health Organization says that healthy people do not need to wear a mask unless they are taking care of a person with suspected Covid-19 infection. But it does advise people in places where there are Covid-19 cases to wear a mask in public if they are coughing or sneezing. The kn95 mask is a very sought after mask due to its unique properties.
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against Covid-19 are to clean your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with the bend of your elbow or tissue and keep at least a metre away from people who are coughing or sneezing.

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How are coronavirus infections spread?
Human coronaviruses usually spread from an infected person to others through

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
    Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, feces (poop)

Can coronavirus be spread through the mail or through goods imported from China?
It’s extremely unlikely. While more needs to be learned about how this particular virus works, coronaviruses typically don’t live very long on surfaces, and are very unlikely to survive over a period of days or weeks when an item is being shipped.

How are businesses in China dealing with the Coronavirus?
In this section we will be using Banggood as a case study. The Chinese store Banggood , is one of the biggest in the sector and point of reference for many users for the purchase of smartphones and tech products from China.
The headquarters of the store took care of providing employees basic health products (such as masks, thermometers, disinfectant, etc.) to ensure a safe working environment.

Conclusion
You can protect yourself with the same measures you’d take (and should be taking) to protect yourself against the flu: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay away from people who are sick. Stay home from work or school if you’re feeling sick. It’s totally normal to feel anxious, and there are ways to reduce that anxiety, like by distracting yourself with other activities or keeping the risks in perspective.

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