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Coronavirus Questions and answers

Coronavirus: Frequently asked questions 

coronavirus questions

Questions:

1. Will I die if I got Coronavirus infection?
2. If most of the infected people don't die, why should I be worried about novel coronavirus?
3. What does the outcome of COVID-19 infection depend on?
4. Does Face mask provide 100% protection?
5. Does sanitizer kill 100% of Coronaviruses?
6. Do herbal sanitizers work against novel coronavirus?
7. Is novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 made in a laboratory?
8. Are all novel coronavirus same?
9. Can the coronavirus transmit by air?
10. Is 6 feet distance enough for safety against SARS-CoV-2?
11. Do immunity boosters work against SARS-CoV-2?
12. Does wearing homemade face mask provide protection against novel coronavirus?
13. Is there a way I can find how much risk I have due to coronavirus?
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Answers:

1. Will I die if I got Coronavirus infection?

No, there is very less chance of someone dying of COVID-19. Most of the infected people don't even realise it. Only a part of those need hospitalization and some of those will need ventilator out of which some may die.


2. If most of the infected people don't die, why should I be worried about novel coronavirus?

You should be worried as nobody knows who will survive this disease. There are examples of people of age above 100 years winning against this virus while very healthy youngsters may die because of this. 

Another reason to be aware is recent observations in many people indicate patients who don't get major symptoms because of COVID-19 infection still get severe lung damage or other health issues which will make their life difficult for a very long time.


3. What does the outcome of COVID-19 infection depend on?

There are many factors, the major ones include: 

a. How many viral particles infected you. Wearing a face mask reduces this number which may lead to relatively less harmful infection. But you should wear a face mask properly and not do common mistakes associated with it which you can find in the link. 

b. How is your immunity? If your immune system is good, it may tackle the virus initially only. 

c. If you have any other underlying health issues which mainly include heart-related diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, obesity, chronic kidney disease, Immunocompromised conditions etc.

d. Apparently, it is also decided by which strain of virus infects you and your genetics but more scientific pieces of evidence are required for this.


4. Does Face mask provide 100% protection?

No, it does not give 100% protection. Mask mainly serve 2 purposes:

a. It reduces the number of viral particles that are infecting and as mentioned above, this is a major factor of how severe disease could be.

b. The major contribution of the mask is, if an infected person wears a mask, the other people around him/her are very very safe. And as we know, we can only beat this virus as a collective effort and not by individual effort.


5. Does sanitizer kill 100% of Coronaviruses?

No, it does not, that's why most of the brands claim up to 99.9% killing of germs in their special trial conditions when applied for a fixed time which is generally longer time (could be even a few minutes). In everyday life, it may still give easily above 90% efficiency if applied properly for a few seconds.

We are lucky SARS-CoV-2 can be inactivated by sanitizers as there are many types of viruses who needs 3-5 minute of hand wash or sanitizer application while novel coronavirus takes only 20-40 seconds.


6. Do herbal sanitizers work against novel coronavirus?

Most of them don't. Any sanitizer that does not have 60-95%  alcohol, will not be effective against novel coronavirus.

Trying to kill novel coronavirus with an alcohol-free sanitizer is like trying to kill your large enemy with rubber bullets. 


7. Is novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 made in a laboratory?

No, it is not. There is enough number of evidence to prove that the virus is naturally evolved. If a media channel is still telling you it is made in a lab, please stop watching that channel. They just mean business by playing with your mind.

8. Are all novel coronavirus same?

No, you can say they are kids coming from the same parents but there is large diversity among various strains of the novel coronavirus. Like kids never look exactly like their parents, except in movies.

You can batter understand this by the example of dogs, there are thousands of breeds of dogs, some tiny, some large, some can not even bite and some can easily kill. But they all are the result of thousands of years of evolution and selection.

Similarly, there are many strains of SARS-CoV-2 with little, or sometimes bit more variation from parent strain. Some may kill a small number of infected people while others may kill relatively more infected people. Since its a very new virus, it takes time to properly understand it.

9. Can the coronavirus transmit by air?

Yes, it can. Initial guidelines of WHO indicate it is mainly transmitted by water droplets that are released when we sneeze, talk or even breath. But recent observations indicate this can also be transmitted by aerosols which may remain hanging in the air for many hours and can travel farther than water droplets. 

10. Is 6 feet distance enough for safety against SARS-CoV-2?

Maybe, it mainly depends on if both the people are wearing the face mask, and if there is airflow, the direction of airflow etc. Talking outside is relatively safer than inside a closed room as droplets and aerosols get dispersed and less number of viral particles to reach the uninfected person.

It's not like there is a barrier at 6 feet. The farther you are, the safer you are even if everyone is wearing the face mask.


11. Do immunity boosters work against SARS-CoV-2?

First of all, immunity-boosting is not the proper term. Immunity is not a car that you will increase accelerator and it will get hyperactivity. We have to maintain a good immune system so that our body can fight infection.

Having said that, there are certain products that may over-activate the immune system for a short time. But keep in mind two things:

a. a continuous overactivation of the immune system for a short time may have long term severe side effects. Even if it's a herbal immunity booster. Even tea and coffee are is herbal, but long term use or overuse of those also have severe side effects. 

b. In case of COVID-19, initially, our immune system protects us but if the infection goes out of hand, it's an immune system only that kills most of the people. So in those conditions especially in the later phase when a patient actually needs suppression of the immune system, boosting it can have lethal effects.  


12. Does wearing homemade face mask provide protection against novel coronavirus?

Yes, it does, As mention in answer to question No. 2. But it should be worn properly as mentioned here.

13. Is there a way I can find how much risk I have due to coronavirus?

Yes, you can use this awesome tool generated by Everist Genomics and check how much risk do you have.


Do you have any other doubts? Ask us in the comments.



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  1. We use alcohol based sanitizer to kill coronavirus. So, can I use wine, rum or something like that to kill coronavirus in neck?

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    1. No, its not a good idea because
      1. We need 60-95% alcohol to kill virus, but most of the drinks contain upto 42% alcohol only. So not effective to even sanitize hands.
      2. In our air throat, most of the virus is present in our cells, so alcohol is not going to be effective on those.
      3. Alcohol consumption weakens our immune system, so higher chance of spread of any infection.
      So, our recommendation is avoid drinking alcohol, rest is your wish.

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