Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. It causes a respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as cough, fever and, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with sick people.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019.
The animal source of Covid-19 has not yet been identified, but the original host would be bats.
Symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever and, in more severe cases, breathing difficulties, and some cases have caused death.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and have been exposed to the virus, contact your doctor. Tell him if you've traveled to areas with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC and WHO. Also tell your doctor if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The factors used to decide whether to test you for COVID-19 may differ depending on where you live. Depending on your location.
To test for COVID-19, a healthcare provider uses a long swab to collect a nasal sample. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for testing. If you cough up saliva (sputum), it may be sent for testing.
Currently, no antiviral drugs are recommended to treat COVID-19, and no cure is available for COVID-19. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections such as COVID-19. Ongoing research is investigating various drugs that may be effective in treating severe COVID-19. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and may include:
Analgesics (ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
Cough syrup or medicine.
There is no indication that ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided.
If you have mild symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you recover at home. He or she may give you special instructions to monitor your symptoms and avoid spreading the disease to others. You may be asked to isolate yourself from family and pets as much as possible while you are sick, wear a mask when around people, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom. Your doctor will likely recommend that you stay in home isolation for a period of time, except to get medical attention. Your doctor will likely follow you regularly. Check with your doctor when you can end home isolation.
If you are very ill, you may need to be treated in hospital.
You are at high risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 if you come into contact with someone who carries it, especially if you were exposed to their saliva or were near them when they coughed or sneezed.
Without taking the proper preventive measures, you are also at high risk if you:
Live with someone who has contracted the virus.
Provide home care to someone who has contracted the virus.
Have an intimate partner who has contracted the virus.