What is Coronavirus Disease? (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can be found among humans and animals. Depending on the virus strain, they cause a variety of illnesses, including what is known as the common cold. However, more aggressive strains can lead to severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
COVID-19 is a new, or novel, coronavirus strain that has not been seen before. It has not yet officially been determined how the disease originated, but early genetic testing shows it started in bats. More tests and research are being conducted to see if the disease moved to another animal after bats before moving to humans.
Is it dangerous?
For some individuals, yes. The primary concern is that COVID-19 causes respiratory illness. Older people and anyone with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or who use a medical ventilator, appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
What are the symptoms of this type of infection?
COVID-19 infection can cause mild symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. More severe symptoms include pneumonia or breathing difficulties.
Do SONO Disinfecting Wipes kill it?
EPA tests have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses such as the COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, SONO Disinfecting Wipes and SONO Ultrasound Wipes can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Human Coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The disinfection process for COVID-19 is divided into three steps:
1. Wipe the surface until it is visibly wet with the wipe solution.
2. Maintain a wet surface for at least 10 minutes, using multiple wipes if needed.
3. Allow to air dry.
How will I know if I have it?
Symptoms usually include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It is similar in many ways to the flu or the common cold, so testing from your medical provider is the only way to confirm infection.
How is it usually spread?
COVID-19 seems to only be spreading from person-to-person with close contact, but more research is needed. People who are infected can transmit the virus by coughing or touching people or surfaces.
Who is most likely to get it?
The highest number of cases are in Wuhan, China. Some people who have traveled there carried the virus to other locations in China and around the world, but most new cases are appearing in China.
It is currently too early to know if the virus will continue to spread unchecked to more people around the world.
How can I avoid it?
The best form of prevention of coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly and not touch your eyes, mouth, nose or face. If the virus were to spread rapidly, the next best step is to wear a surgical mask in public. This will protect you from airborne germs that get expelled when people cough.
What should I do if I suspect I’ve been exposed to it?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, be sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Additionally, have a friend or relative bring you a surgical mask so you are less likely to spread the virus when coughing. You should also keep your hands washed and avoid touching most surfaces in your home.
The next, and most important, step is to visit a doctor’s office to be tested. Currently, in most parts of the world, you’re more likely to have the flu or a cold than COVID-19.
How is it treated?
There is no standardized treatment at this time, other than bed rest and allowing the infected person’s immune system time to fight the virus. Since it is a virus and not a bacterial infection, antibiotics are not an effective treatment.
Do I have to be isolated if I have it?
Yes. This is the best way to prevent spreading the virus to more people.