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Check Your COVID-19 KNOWLEDGE: Do You Know How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus?
1. True or false: COVID-19 cannot survive in hot weather?False. From the evidence so far, COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas, including those with hot and humid weather, according to the World Health Organization. Similarly, hot baths cannot kill the virus, nor can particularly cold weather.
2. What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?a. Sneezing and a runny nose.
b. Chest pains and fever.
c. High temperature, cough and tiredness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. It’s less common for people to experience sneezing and a runny nose. There is no suggestion that chest pains or vomiting are associated with the virus.
d. Vomiting and a cough.
3. How long on average does it take for symptoms to appear?a. Three days.
b. Five days. It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, scientists have said, but some people will get symptoms much later than this. The World Health Organization recommends an incubation period of 14 days — this is the maximum time it believes it takes between being exposed to the virus and showing symptoms.
c. 14 days.
d. 25 days.
4. What’s the best way to keep yourself and others safe?a. Stay one metre away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
b. Wash your hands frequently with soap.
c. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
d. Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of it immediately.
e. All of the above. All of these methods will help to keep yourself and others safe from the virus. When someone coughs or sneezes too close to you, you might breathe in droplets containing the virus. Handwashing with soap or alcohol-based gel helps to kill any viruses on your hands, whilst not touching your face helps to stop the virus from entering your body. Finally, using a tissue — and throwing it away immediately — will help stop the virus from spreading.
5. True or false: face masks are the best way to protect yourself?False. If you’re healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you’re caring for a person who might be infected. Masks are also only effective if used alongside good hand hygiene — washing your hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based gel. If you choose to wear a mask, it’s also important you know how to use and dispose of it properly.
6. What can we do to prevent something like COVID-19 happening again?a. Strengthen health systems around the world. Our health as individuals is only as strong as our weakest healthcare systems. Only by investing in more doctors, nurses, hospitals and healthcare centres can we reduce the risk of viruses like COVID-19 causing harm to us all. However, the risk is particularly high for people living in low-income communities, where a lack of strong healthcare puts more lives at risk.
b. Put greater restrictions on international travel.
c. Avoid all contact with animals.
d. Encourage citizens to use antibiotics more frequently.
7. Should we avoid people who look like they’ve come from other countries?a. Yes, they are more likely to have the virus.
b. No, there’s no reason to believe someone has the virus based on their appearance. This crisis has exposed some people to heightened levels of racial discrimination, particularly the Asian community. There is no excuse for discrimination under any circumstances. The only social distancing you should worry about is remaining more than one metre away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
8. Which of these infectious diseases causes the most deaths globally each day?a. Coronavirus.
b. Tuberculosis. Every day, over 4,000 people lose their lives to TB, mostly in South-East Asia and Africa. Although coronavirus is a growing global threat, the number of people dying from it daily is currently much lower than from other infectious diseases — many of which are entirely preventable.