Your COVID-19 questions, answered.
As part of Allianz Care’s mission to keep you well, and well informed, throughout the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we’ve answered some of your most commonly asked medical and cover related questions.
Is it true that COVID-19 does not affect children?
No, this is not true. Children can be infected with COVID-19 and it is believed they are able to transmit coronavirus, even if they do not have symptoms. Children experience less severe forms of the disease. It is important that children adhere to hand washing guidelines, cough etiquette and practice social distancing, even if they appear healthy.
Can I get COVID-19 from my pets?
There is little evidence that an animal can transmit COVID-19 to humans. To date, there has been one recorded instance where a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for the coronavirus. This is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected by a human with COVID-19.
Is coronavirus airborne?
This is an area of continuing research, however, currently there is no evidence that the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 is airborne. Coronavirus is spread via human to human transmission. When a person coughs or sneezes, the droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. When sneezing or coughing, an “aerosol” is created, which can infect others standing closer than 2 metres. Hence the recommendation of social distancing. The virus is transmitted when people touch their mouth, nose or eyes with infected hands.
Can I catch COVID-19 from someone who has recovered from the virus?
Again, this is a question which is the subject of ongoing research. Research does indicate that a person can remain infectious after recovering from COVID-19, however, it is unknown how long they will remain infectious. Estimates range from 10 days and longer after symptoms have disappeared.
How long does it take for me to become ill if I am infected by coronavirus?
The incubation period for COVID-19 is still being investigated. Estimates range from 2 to 14 days. Most commonly, people begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 around 5 days after catching the virus. Most people (about 80 per cent) will have mild symptoms and will not require hospitalisation.
Can I get coronavirus from handling groceries?
The risk of coronavirus transmission via food and food packaging is low. There is a risk of transmission when visiting the supermarket to shop for groceries, through contact with others and with high-touch surfaces like shopping carts. Adhere to hand washing guidelines, cough etiquette and practice social distancing while shopping in the supermarket. Standard food hygiene and food safety standards should be adhered to when preparing, cooking and eating perishable foodstuffs, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables.
How long does the virus live on surfaces?
Although it is unknown how long the virus which causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, it is believed to behave like other coronaviruses. Laboratory tests have shown that coronaviruses may survive for up to 24 hours on porous surfaces such as cardboard and paper, and for up to 72 hours on hard, shiny surfaces such as glass and steel.In real world conditions, the length of time a coronavirus survives on a surface will vary depending on other factors such as temperature, humidity etc.
How long will it take before there is a vaccine for COVID-19?
To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. Possible vaccines and specific drug treatments are being tested through clinical trials. However, it is unknown how long it will be before there is a vaccine.
“Patients with MERS-CoV infection are unlikely to be re-infected shortly after they recover, but it is not yet known whether similar immune protection will be observed for patients with COVID-19.”
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Once you’ve had coronavirus, are you immune?
Generally, once a person has had a coronavirus they are immune to repeat infection, and initial research papers from the outbreak in China confirm this. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the immune response to COVID-19 is not yet completely understood.
Are anti-malarial drugs effective in treating Coronavirus?
Neither chloroquine nor any other anti-malarial drug has been approved for treating those infected with COVID-19. There are ongoing clinical trials to determine how chloroquine behaves in people with COVID-19.1.10 Are there any medicines that prevent or cure COVID-19?There is no evidence that any currently available medicines can prevent or cure COVID-19. However, there are medicines under investigation which are being tested through clinical trials.