Common COVID-19 Questions Answered

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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As the number of people affected by the deadly Coronavirus is rapidly increasing in some parts of the world, and with so much misinformation doing the rounds, getting accurate answers is the need of the hour. We have tried to provide medically accurate answers to the most commonly asked COVID-19 questions.

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Question #1

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1) Can the COVID-19 Virus Spread Through Air?

According to the current evidence, the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets. Airborne transmission is different from droplet transmission. The disease can be transmitted from a person to another through droplets from the nose or mouth that get expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Studies say that the COVID-19 virus spreads through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

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2) Why Are Antibiotics Prescribed for COVID Patients?

Remember that antibiotics work only against bacteria and not viruses. As COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics do not kill the virus, but they are prescribed to avoid additional bacterial infection. If you are being treated in the hospital for COVID-19, you may be given antibiotics because bacterial coinfection is possible.

 
 

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3) Can I Get COVID-19 From My Pet?

With the available evidence, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered low, but it can spread from people to animals when in close contact. So people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets, livestock, or any other animal.

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4) Should Children Wear Masks?

In general, children of 2 years and above should wear a mask. Though appropriate and consistent use of masks may be challenging in some children and children with certain disabilities, it is necessary and better to wear a mask in this current pandemic situation.

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5) How Prone Am I To Get COVID-19?

The risk depends on where you are located and, more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak over there. If you are living in a locality where the disease is spreading rapidly, then the risk of transmission is high. Health experts and national authorities are taking the necessary steps to contain the transmission. However, do comply with the government guidelines to protect yourself from this deadly virus.

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6) Is It Safe To Take Treatment For Other Medical Conditions During This Pandemic?

Irrespective of the pandemic, taking care of your mental and physical health should be your priority. Continue your medications, and do not change the treatment plan without consulting your healthcare professional. Do contact your healthcare professional if you have any concerns regarding your treatment. Get at least a two-week supply of all your prescribed medications, and follow all the safety precautions. Do not delay getting emergency care for your health problems.

COVID-19 is taking its toll on the whole world, causing deaths, illnesses, and economic despair. So it is essential to follow all safety precautions rather than getting anxious about the current situation.

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Content published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek information from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.


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