Facts about the novel coronavirus

2020-02-18 11:27:06

Facts about the novel coronavirus

1. Is it dangerous to receive a letter or package from China?

Rumors have alleged people receiving package from China are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

The fact is,it’s safe to receive packages.

Previous analysis has shown the coronavirus does not survive long on objects,such as letters or package.

2. Is novel coronavirus a type of SARS virus?

The novel coronavirus may share some genetic similarities with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS)virus-both use the same ACE2 receptor to enter cells,for example-but it is inaccurate to say novel coronavirus is a type of SARS virus.

3. Can the virus spread through aerosols?

The confirmed transmission routes of the virus are through droplets and contacts,and other transmission routes,such as through aerosol,need to be further clarified.

4. Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the novel coronavirus?

The fact is,antibiotics do not work against viruses,only bacteria.The novel coronavirus is a virus,and therefore antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However,if you are hospitalized for novel coronavirus pneumonia,you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

5. Is it still safe to eat meat or seafood?

The novel coronavirus comes from illegally sold wild animals.Eating meat products from formal channels will not put you at risk of infection.

6. Is it true that masks with breathing vales cannot block the virus?

Air can only flow outward,not inward,through the breathing vales,so such a mask is still effective protection.However,it is suggested people with symptoms of infection do not use such a mask,as the virus may flow out via droplets.

7.Can snowy weather kill the virus?

Though air temperature and humidity can change with weather,therefore affecting the living condition of the virus,currently there is no evidence to prove a low temperature can deactivate the virus.Do not lower your guard and play outside with no protective measures when it is snowing.


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