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Coronavirus: What you need to know

As coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the globe, there is important information you should know about the disease, what you can do to mitigate its impact, and how you can keep yourself and others safe.

Coronavirus: Symptoms and transmission

What are the symptoms?

Many symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza overlap, here’s how to spot the differences.

Are digestive issues a symptom?

Could diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues be the first signs of coronavirus?

Are the loss of smell and taste symptoms?

The loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a sign that an individual has coronavirus, according to a recent report.

Anything else?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added six new symptoms to those reported to be associated with coronavirus.

When should you go to the hospital, and when should you stay home?

There are steps you should take to protect yourself and others before heading to the doctor or emergency room that will also help protect the nation’s health care systems.

What are the levels of severity?

The severity of the novel coronavirus can differ from person to person.

How is coronavirus transmitted?

According to the CDC, coronaviruses are common in camels, cattle, cats and bats. Person-to-person transmissions are thought to occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.

Can I get it from somebody’s breath?

In a letter sent to the White House, a panel of experts said that while available research has indicated that the novel coronavirus may enter the air via bioaerosols generated when an infected person breathes, it is too early to say whether the illness may be transmitted in this manner.

Can you get it from packages?

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “There is no evidence right now that the coronavirus can be spread through mail.”

Can I get it from using the toilet?

Scientists are still learning a great deal about COVID-19 and how it spreads, but they have learned it can be transmitted via “aerosolized feces,” although it has not been proven to be high enough concentrations to cause an infection.

Should I keep using my contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers are being advised to switch to glasses amid the coronavirus outbreak as doing so may lessen the urge to touch your eyes.

Does your blood type matter?

People with blood type A might be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, while those with type O blood could be more resistant, according to a study from China.

Coronavirus: Protecting yourself and others

How can you protect against getting it?

You can protect yourself from coronaviruses by following basic wellness practices.

How do I sanitize surfaces?

Keeping your home and surfaces clean using the correct disinfectants is crucial in preventing its spread.

Can I make my own hand sanitizer?

If you are thinking of making your own hand sanitizer at home, be very careful since there are many recipes available online that can put you in harm’s way.

How long can it survive on surfaces?

The novel coronavirus may be able to live on surfaces, namely metal, glass or plastic, for up to nine days —  if it resembles some of its other human coronavirus-causing “cousins,” that is.

Am I washing my hands correctly?

There are a few general rules to follow when it comes to washing your hands thoroughly, including for how long you should keep them under running water.

How to handle your laundry

We know to practice safe social distancing and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and our loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic — but how about our clothes?

Should I wear a face mask?

Should the general public wear masks during the coronavirus epidemic?

How can I make my own face covering?

In a 45-second video, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams shows Americans how to make a facial covering using an old T-shirt and two rubber bands.

What are the best materials to make a face mask with?

When making a do-it-yourself mask, what materials should you use if you have sensitive skin? What should you do if your skin becomes irritated from long-term use?

How do I keep my face covering clean?

The CDC is recommending masks “should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.” The guidance recommended: “A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.”

How do I keep my glasses from fogging up?

If you are a glasses wearer, you may have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause your lenses to fog.

How to stop touching your face

Keeping your hands off your face is easier said than done: One study found that people touch their faces some 23 times an hour on average.

Is it safe to have sex?

As the majority of Americans are under some type of stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, you may be wondering if it’s safe to have sex in the age of social distancing.

How can I safely shop for groceries?

Staying informed about the safest ways to shop can help relieve at least some of the anxiety associated with your next supermarket visit.

Is there anything I need to know about eating takeout?

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, many restaurants and fast food locations have closed dining rooms, and are only offering takeout or delivery options.

Coronavirus: Who is at risk?

Who is most at risk?

Young people, senior citizens and those with immune deficiencies could have an acute reaction if exposed to the virus.

Is it a threat to children? 

One pediatrician said childrens’ frequent exposure to seasonal illnesses could actually be protecting them from COVID-19.

Does it affect pregnant women?

The CDC said that while risk to the American public remains low at this time, pregnant women should continue to engage in usual preventative actions to avoid infection, such as washing hands often and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

How do I prepare for labor during the pandemic?

Dr. Manny Alvarez shares his advice on extra precautions you can take if you’re pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic: Tips on staying calm

Several hospitals have moved to ban visitors or birthing partners from hospitals due to the coronavirus outbreak. There are steps you can take to help relieve anxiety.

How do I bring my newborn home?

When it comes to venturing out in public, Dr. Dane Snyder, a section chief in the division of primary care pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said that parents should stay home with the newborn unless “absolutely necessary.”

How does coronavirus affect asthma sufferers? 

It’s well known that other respiratory conditions, such as the common cold or flu, can trigger asthma symptoms, possibly leading to an asthma attack, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. But Is the same true for the novel coronavirus?

Prevention tips for people with chronic illness

Social distancing, hand-washing and avoiding those who are sick are among the top pieces of advice given to the general public, but for the immunocompromised, there are additional steps they can take.

Coronavirus: Treatment and care

How do you test for it?

Before being tested for the deadly virus, patients must first answer a series of questions.

How do you treat it?

Fox News received an in-depth look at the new disease from Dr. Debra Chew, a former epidemic intelligence officer for the CDC and an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Is there a cure?

Health agencies recommend patients receive supportive care to relieve coronavirus symptoms.

How soon could a vaccine be ready?

New vaccines typically take years to earn approval — can we really expect a coronavirus vaccine to be ready by summer 2021?

What is chloroquine? 

Chloroquine and a similar drug, hydroxychloroquine, have shown encouraging signs in small, early tests against the coronavirus, but they have yet to be studied during a controlled clinical trial.

Doc warns against DIY coronavirus remedies

Several medications are being investigated, but that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy them unprescribed, or try to recreate them in your home. Doing so could have dire consequences.

Do pneumonia shots protect against it?

Former CDC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Amler told Fox News that a pneumonia shot will not be effective in staving off pneumonia caused by coronavirus.

How do you care for a relative who has it?

Even if the patient does test positive, it can be considered safe to continue supporting them with some extra precautions.

What if someone in my family has it?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if anyone in your house has tested positive, everyone in the house should self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days or longer until the patient has no more symptoms and tests negative.

What happens after you recover from it? 

A negative test doesn’t always mean the patient is free of the virus.

What about my pets?

While the veterinary community is still dealing largely with unknowns amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, most of what they do know might come as a relief to pet owners.

Tips on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus 

It’s important to remember that children take cues from the adults that surround them, so how you address the virus at home may reflect in their behavior.

Coronavirus: Coping with isolation and social distancing

How do I protect my mental health?

A sudden change in routine and lack of human interaction has had a negative impact on some people’s mental health.

How do I avoid going stir crazy?

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many people have been forced to work from home and are choosing to keep their social interactions to a minimum. Here are some tips on how to stay sane in the time of coronavirus.

Can I go out for a jog?

As more research suggests the possibility that the novel coronavirus may have the potential to become airborne, some are questioning whether going for walks or runs outside amid the pandemic can still be considered safe.

How do I get food delivered?

As more and more people across the U.S. are preparing to stay in for the time being, some may be asking if it’s safe to get food delivered to their house.

A woman sews high-quality face masks at a furniture factory in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

How do I stop snacking?

Working from home can have added temptations – yes, we’re looking at you, candy drawer. And also you, pantry, with three different types of potato chips.

I’m a terrible cook – help!

With more and more restaurants closing their dining rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, many people are going to have to rely on cooking their own meals.

How do I help keep my kids on track?

Parents have taken to social media to share their homeschooling failures and successes as they attempt to educate their kids after thousands of schools shut down amid coronavirus concerns.

Two embracing teddy bears looking through the window sitting on window-sill.

How do I balance work and family?

Parents are now being faced with extra pressure of having to care for and entertain their children, while also putting in a productive day of work.

How do I deal with my grown children who are back in the house?

There’s no place like home… unless it’s mom and dad’s house.

How can I stay in shape?

Just because the gyms are closed, doesn’t mean you still can’t get fit in time for summer.

How do I keep my relationship on track?

Going from simply living together to spending every waking moment together can be taxing on a relationship.

How can I help in my community when I’m stuck at home?

In times of uncertainty, pulling together to help is crucial to the health, well-being and stability of our local communities.

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