Reviewed by: Infection Prevention Specialist, Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (March 3, 2020)
What is the COVID-19 Virus?
The COVID-19 virus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
What are the symptoms and complications that the coronavirus can cause?
Common symptoms often reported by patients with coronavirus include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
What kills the COVID-19 Virus?
Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water, and drying hands thoroughly using paper towels or a warm air dryer. These do not kill the virus: Using UV lamps; spraying your body with alcohol or chlorine.
How long does it take for the coronavirus to make you sick?
It takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
Can packages mailed from China give me the COVID-19 virus?
No. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus because it does not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
Can my house pet get the coronavirus and give it to me?
Currently, there is no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the COVID-19 virus. Always wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets to prevent your pet from passing common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella to you.
I had the pneumonia vaccine, does it protect me against the COVID-19 virus?
No. Currently there is no vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.
Does using a nasal rinse or mouth wash protect me against the coronavirus?
No. Using nasal rinses regularly helps manage allergy symptoms and help you recover more quickly from the common cold. There is no evidence that mouthwash protects you from the coronavirus.
Does eating garlic help protect me from the COVID-19 virus?
Garlic does have some antimicrobial properties, but there is no evidence that eating garlic can protect you from the COVID-19 virus.
Does sesame seed oil on my skin block the coronavirus?
What age groups are most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus?
People with medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, and older people are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and the related COVID-19 disease, but anyone of any age can be infected. Protect yourself by using good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Can antibiotics prevent and treat the the coronavirus?
No, antibiotics are only an effective treatment for bacterial infections. Some patients who are hospitalized for coronavirus, may receive antibiotics for possible bacterial co-infection.
What can I do to prevent getting sick from the COVID-19 virus?
The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. CDC.gov and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.