COVID-19 has caused millions of deaths all over the world. Read on to know more about the deadly pandemic. Today we’re giving you answers to the most-asked questions about COVID-19.
1. What is COVID-19?
COVID is a disease caused by a coronavirus. The first case of the disease was reported in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. The disease has become a global pandemic and has caused millions of deaths all over the world. Although many people worldwide have been affected by this disease since 2019, in many patients the disease is mild to moderate. Countries all over the world have put lockdowns from time to time and put travel restrictions in place to control the spread of the disease but not many nations have achieved any success. Now, with the invention of the vaccine, it is believed that the cases will decrease as more and more people will get vaccinated.
2. Is COVID-19 more dangerous than flu?
Although both flu and COVID-19 are contagious, they are caused by different viruses. While, on one hand, flu is caused by influenza viruses, COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus. That is why the disease is also called coronavirus many times. Although the symptoms of both diseases are similar, COVID-19 is much more dangerous than flu. This is because COVID-19 does not only spread faster but also has the potential to cause more serious illnesses.
3. Can COVID-19 cause deaths in patients?
Although the severity of the disease depends on various factors right from the age of the patient to the country they live in, unfortunately in many COVID-19 cases patients have lost their life. Although the impact of the disease is much greater on adults when compared with children, it cannot be said that there has not been the death of children and newborns. However, in many cases, deaths are also the result of insufficient medical facilities, delay in treatment, and pre-existing diseases. COVID-19 can affect any organ (particularly lungs) of the patient and cause complications, which can result in the patient losing their life. Therefore, it is suggested that the disease symptoms should not be taken as a joke as patients should seek treatment as soon as possible.
4. Can herd immunity be achieved without a vaccine?
Herd immunity can be only achieved through vaccination. Getting herd immunity by letting the disease spread will only increase the number of cases and increase the number of deaths.
5. Can masks control COVID-19?
As governments cannot put their countries under lockdown permanently, in such cases, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and following proper sanitization practices are a few practices that people can follow. Although masks cannot provide full protection from the disease, if worn properly they can stop the spread of the disease to a great extent. As the disease mainly spreads through water droplets that come out while coughing or speaking, wearing a mask cuts back the chances that these droplets do not come in contact with other people. To eliminate the risk of getting COVID-19, while talking to someone, you both should not only wear the mask but also stand at a distance of at least 6 ft from each other.
6. Will this disease ever end?
For now, the vaccine seems the only solution that can control the spread of the disease. Although many first world countries have started the vaccination in full swing, there are countries which need to take more effort. The problem in front of the government is also that many people are not ready to get vaccinated. On one hand, some people are against any kind of vaccine, and on the other, some people fear that vaccines will cause more harm than good. In reality, to fight this disease people need to come forward and get vaccinated.
7. Why should rich countries help poor countries with vaccines?
Poor countries are finding it difficult to get their hands on the vaccine. In such cases, where people of poor countries are not getting vaccinated, it will be impossible for the world to ever get rid of the corona. Whenever travel will start, people from poor countries will also travel to other countries and there will always be chances of them infecting other people. Therefore, countries should come forward and help other countries to fight the disease.
8. Are vaccines safe?
For now, vaccines are the only way to protect ourselves from the disease. Although the vaccines have been in record time, they are perfectly safe as they have gone through various researches and trials. Although there is no guarantee that a person who has taken a vaccine will never get infected, it will decrease the chance of the disease getting serious to a great extent.
9. Can a person get infected from COVID-19 twice?
There is no guarantee that if you get infected by the disease once, you will not get infected again. Although the chances of getting the disease again in a short period are less, but not unlikely.
10. Should I get vaccinated?
Yes, anybody who is eligible to get vaccinated should get vaccinated. It is the only protection method.
Well, there you have it, answers to the 10 Most-Asked Questions about COVID-19. Feel free to share your thoughts about this in the comment section below
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