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How to protect yourself if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
People at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include older adults, people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions. Learn what you can do to protect yourself.
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What to do if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.
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Can COVID-19 spread through drinking water?
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Can COVID-19 spread through air?
We're still learning about the way this virus spreads but we believe that it spreads mainly between people in close contact. That's why social distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve.
Can mosquitoes transmit COVID-19?
No, COVID-19 CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
Can COVID-19 be killed by hot bath?
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by washing your hands thoroughly and often.
Does COVID-19 only affect older people?
People of all ages can get sick with COVID-19. Older people and people with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, heart or lung disease) are at higher risk for serious illness and should take special precautions.
Is there a cure or a vaccine for COVID-19?
No. To date, there is no vaccine or specific medicine that can treat COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is by practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.
Is it ok to donate blood?
Yes. Donated blood is a lifesaving, essential part of caring for patients. The blood centers are open and in urgent need of donations. People who are well are encouraged to continue to donate blood, even if they are practicing social distancing because of COVID-19.
Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?
At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. From the evidence so far, COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas with hot and humid climate.
Is 5G technology linked to COVID-19?
No. 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19. Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.
Can people recover from COVID-19?
You can recover from COVID-19. Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life. If you catch the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms. If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call your doctor by telephone first. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Will holding your breath for 10 seconds reveal if you have COVID-19?
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from COVID-19 or any other lung disease. The best way to confirm if you have the virus producing COVID-19 is with a laboratory test. You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.
Does drinking alcohol protect against COVID-19?
Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems.