Have there been other pandemics caused by coronaviruses?
COVID-19 is the first pandemic known to be caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus—novel influenza viruses caused four pandemics in the last century, which is why the response to the new disease is being adapted from existing guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic.
Is COVID-19 an epidemic or a pandemic?
An outbreak is called an epidemic when there is a sudden increase in cases. As COVID-19 began spreading in Wuhan, China, it became an epidemic. Because the disease then spread across several countries and affected a large number of people, it was classified as a pandemic.
What is a pandemic?
Pandemic: Event in which a disease spreads across several countries and affects a large number of people.
What is the difference between epidemic and outbreak?
Epidemic refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. Outbreak carries the same definition of epidemic, but is often used for a more limited geographic area.
Can I still have sex during the coronavirus pandemic?
If both of you are healthy and feeling well, are practicing social distancing and have had no known exposure to anyone with COVID-19, touching, hugging, kissing, and sex are more likely to be safe.
Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?
There is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from eating food. However, sharing utensils and congregating around food service areas may present risks. If food is offered at any meeting or event, have individual, pre-packaged boxes or bags instead of a potluck, buffet, or family-style meal.
Does cooking meat kill the coronavirus?
You should always handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs.
Is this the first pandemic which is caused by a coronavirus?
COVID-19 is the first pandemic known to be caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus—novel influenza viruses caused four pandemics in the last century (which is why the response to the new disease is being adapted from existing guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic).
Will a HEPA filter kill COVID-19?
A HEPA filter does not kill the COVID-19 virus, but the elements that can transport the virus attach to the filter so they cannot circulate in your living area. Appliances that use HEPA filters only work when they are on, so you may need to run the fan on your furnace continuously or for longer periods of time.
Do I need to wash my hands during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Should I wash my hands after opening a package to avoid coronavirus disease?
Currently, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.Still, to protect yourself, wash your hands after opening the package within the shipping box. Washing your hands regularly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the chances of contracting coronavirus.
Why is COVID-19 a serious illness?
In some cases, COVID-19 illnesses can lead to death. While people of all ages can be infected, the risk for complications increases with age. So people in their 50s, for instance, are at higher risk for severe illness than those in their 40s, and people ages 85 and older are at the greatest risk.
What causes COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that can trigger what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs). It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do, mainly through person-to-person contact.