As the COVID-2019 pandemic spreads, it is important to know the facts regarding the virus to protect your family and yourself.
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnic background.
"People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19."
- The risk of getting COVID-19 in the US is currently low.
"Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community."
- Previously quarantined individuals do not pose an infection risk.
"For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease situation summary page."
- The Incubation period is 1-14 days with a median period of 5-6 days.
During this time, you may not show any symptoms, but the virus has infected your cells and is continuing to replicate. It has been shown that asymptomatic individuals are still capable of transmitting the virus.
- The virus is thought to have animal origins (zoonotic virus).
Transmission of COVID-2019 was originally animal-human. Cases in December 2019 were thought to be exclusively animal-human until early January 2020 when the primary source of infection became human-human.
- There is currently no known cure.
Companies such as Moderna and the NIH (national institute of health) are currently working on producing a viable vaccine to COVID-2019.Human trials are currently in progress.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of COVID-2019 resemble the flu and common cold.Unlike the flu, diarrhea and upper respiratory symptoms (sneezing, running nose, sore throat) are infrequent. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after initial exposure.
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath
Symptoms of COVID-2019 are typically mild, but approxamately 20% of those infected will develop moderate to severe symptoms that require hospitalization
- ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
- Kidney Failure