Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

(Updated March 17, 2020)

How to prevent getting infected.

Who is at risk?

How long is someone contagious?

Mar 12: Researchers now believe that a patient can spread the virus for up to 37 days after they start showing symptoms and up to 20 days after recovering. (1)

What if I have been exposed?

What are the symptoms? (Updated Mar 23)

The symptoms for this coronavirus are similar to that of the flu: See here for detailed information.

What can I do to prepare?

On Feb 25, the CDC said that Americans should prepare themselves for "significant disruption in their daily lives." If an outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time.

If you are in a high risk group, you should: (1)

Recommended foods to prepare for self-isolation: (1)

What's the point of canceling events and instituting quarantines?

In countries that have been heavily impacted by this coronavirus in a short period of time (China, Iran, Italy), extreme measures have been taken, including lockdowns where residents are told to stay home and the health system being so overwhelmed it can't provide medical care for everyone who needs it.

By increasing social distancing, i.e, closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine, avoiding crowds, the spread of the virus can be slowed down with the aim of preventing the country from becoming overwhelmed. (1)

Can pets become infected?

It is currently considered unlikely that pets can become infected or transmit this disease. On Feb 28, one dog tested weakly positive for this coronavirus, but there is debate as to what the results indicate. (1 2)

"It is important to wash your hands after touching animals, since their saliva can spread other germs even if coronavirus isn't an issue." (1)

How long can the virus live? (1)

What about cleaning?

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces routinely in household common areas (tables, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks). Follow label instructions, including wearing gloves and having good ventilation where necessary. (1)

You need to amp up your typical cleaning routine if someone in the household exhibits signs and symptoms of respiratory infection, or if you live in an area with known cases of coronavirus. In that case, "Clean high-traffic areas that get touched frequently, such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets, three times a day with a product that kills viruses.

Products that destroy coronavirus: (1)

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