Covid-19 Frequently asked questions

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus Covid-19COVID-19 has become a household name of sorts as a result of it’s rampaging across the world for months on end now. A herald of death, this manslayer virus has of today affected more than 1,203,292 people in over 205 countries.

Of these numbers, 64,747 have resulted in death, which makes 21% of the closed cases as of the moment. Sadly, there are still 891,747 active cases, and this number keeps increasing every day. Some of these active cases are presently in serious or critical condition. We can only pray that these numbers should start going down at the moment.

 

From the dread of this deadly pandemic, most have been confined to the four walls of their homes for weeks, even months. The very few who dare to go outdoors do so clad in face masks and surgical gloves in an attempt to stay safe from the ravaging disease.

These safety rules and regulations have been discussed ad nauseam, and at this point, you probably cannot take it anymore. You need answers to the questions the TV ad on COVID-19 does not provide.

We bring good news, however. In this article, we will discuss a few questions you have about COVID-19 but cannot seem to find reliable answers to, no matter where you turn. We will also try as much as possible not to bore you with all the details you already know and have heard several times before.

Is Covid-19 airborne?

A resounding NO. Although, transmittable by air when an infected person releases droplets into the air by coughing or sneezing, the virus that causes COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is not airborne.

The amount of time the virus can float in the air before being dragged down by gravity is a topic of debate among experts, some speculating a few minutes while others claim it can be up to 2 or 3 hours. One thing is certain, though, the virus lands on different surfaces eventually, and the type of surface determines how long it keeps living.

Can Covid-19 be contracted through sexual intercourse?

Now, this is a tricky one, but we’ll say YES. “Oh, but the news said no evidence exists currently to indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 can be found in semen or vaginal fluid, hence it is not sexually transmissible”. We know, we know!

Think about it, though; sexual intercourse often involves several intimate acts, including swapping saliva in the name of kissing, touching intimate body parts including the face (the FACE!), and plenty of physical contacts.

Do you see how many don’ts of COVID-19 safety regulations you would be breaking by having sex during this period of time? So, while intercourse in itself may not spread the virus, it still exposes you to the risk of contracting the virus.

Is Chloroquine an approved treatment for Covid-19?

Definitely NOT. And that is for the simple reason that Chloroquine being an antibiotic does not work against viruses. They were developed to combat bacterial infections. The causative agent of COVID-19, the SARS-CoV-2, is a virus not a bacteria.

Hence, Chloroquine and other antibiotics should not be taken in an attempt to treat COVID-19. It should also be noted that the use of this drug can elicit some serious side effects, including depression, hair loss, stomach upset, and headache, etc.

Is Neem leaf and other herbal remedies effective for Covid-19?

While Neem leaf and some herbal remedies have proved useful for boosting the immune system, there is no evidence that these have merit in combating viral diseases. Neem leaf contains some antibacterial compounds which make it effective in combating malaria, intestinal ulcers, and a few other bacterial infections and diseases. However, as we mentioned earlier, viruses cannot be killed with antibiotics and antibacterials. Perhaps, as time goes on, in-depth studies and research into other properties of Neem and other herbal concoctions could bring to light other medical uses of these plants. For the time being, however, Neem leaf cannot cure COVID-19.

What is the recommended distance for social distancing?

You have most probably learned that for social distancing, you are expected to stay 6 feet or 1.8 meters away from anyone you encounter outside your house. Some experts, however, disagree with this recommendation.

These experts speculate that the SARS-CoV-2 can be carried in tiny aerosols, which can stay suspended in the air longer than the larger droplets released during sneezing and coughing. If that is the case, then these aerosols can travel farther than 6 feet and for longer than 3 hours before settling to the ground.

Besides, even larger droplets can travel farther than 6 feet if carried by the wind or if expelled with great force such as when one sneezes with great force without covering their nose and mouth.

Therefore, 6 feet might not be an absolutely safe distance to protect yourself from COVID-19.  One thing all experts agree on, though, is that 6 to 8 feet is the minimum safe distance under normal circumstances.

How long should a suspected Covid-19 case be in isolation?

The answer to this question lies in an understanding of the incubation period of the virus. The incubation period refers to the time between contracting the virus and the onset of symptoms.  The incubation period for COVID-19 varies from case to case.

The generally accepted range is within 1-14 days, commonly about five days in most cases. Therefore, any suspected case of COVID-19 should be isolated for up to 14 days while tests are carried out to confirm the infection state of the individual.

Our dear readers, we implore you all to obey the rules and regulations provided by your local governmental authorities. Wash your hands often, imbibe social distancing, eat good food to boost your immune system and stay indoors as much as possible. We are sure you don’t want to pass on the opportunity to tell tales to future generations of the time when saving the world meant sleeping, eating, and TV viewing all day. Stay safe!

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