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Blasting News team works every day to provide you with a guide on everything you need to know about COVID-19. Here you can find all updates on the evolution of the pandemic in the world, the impact that the proliferation of the virus is causing and recommendations on how to prepare and protect yourself effectively. For your safety and well-being, Blasting News publishes only news carefully verified by official channels.

1.What is a coronavirus?

Coronavirus (CoV) is a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory diseases ranging from common colds to more serious infections, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

2.What is Covid-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can affect the lungs and airways of infected people. The disease is caused by a virus called coronavirus, which appeared in late 2019 in the Chinese province of Wuhan (SARS-CoV-2, formerly known as 2019-nCoV). Since March 11, 2020, COVID-19 has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic.

3.What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

The clinical picture of those who are infected with COVID-19 is similar to that of a common flu, with a fever higher than 99.5 °F, cough and mild breathing difficulties (dyspnoea) being the most common initial symptoms. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia and serious breathing difficulties, such as the need for intubation and assisted breathing.

4.How does the coronavirus get transmitted?

The initial transmission of coronaviruses occurs between animals and humans (coronaviruses are in fact scientifically defined as "zoonotic"). Previous scientific research has found that SARS-CoV, which hit Southeast Asia between 2002 and 2003, was transmitted by civets to humans, while MERS-CoV, a virus that appeared in the Middle East in 2012, was transmitted by dromedaries. In the case of Chinese coronavirus, the animal that initiated the infection appears to have been a species of bat, but some studies also speak of an intermediate vector, which could be the Chinese pangolin.

However, the transmission of coronavirus between humans can occur in three ways:

  • Through airways: contamination by air and by droplets from sneezing and coughing from infected individuals;
  • By physical contact: when the droplets with the virus reach mucous membranes of the eye, nose and mouth through kisses and hugs;
  • From contact with contaminated surfaces: the droplets with the virus can be deposited in places such as handrails, door handles and even cell phones, coming into contact with mucous membranes of the eye, nose and mouth.

5.Coronavirus transmission, what do we mean by “close contact”?

The definition of "close contact" provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) includes:

  • Person living in the same house with someone who has been proven to be infected with COVID-19;
  • A person who has had direct physical contact, such as handshake or hug, with someone who is infected with COVID-19;
  • A person who had unprotected direct contact with the secretions of a COVID-19 case. For example: touching handkerchiefs, cell phones, computer keyboard, among other objects that were used by an infected person;
  • A person who had direct contact with a case of COVID-19, at a distance of less than 2 meters and lasting more than 15 minutes;
  • A person who has been in a closed area with cases of COVID-19 at a distance of less than 2 meters and lasting more than 15 minutes. Examples of closed environments can be: classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, waiting rooms in hospitals.
  • Health professionals or anyone else who provides direct assistance to a COVID-19 case without using medical devices recommended or if the devices are used inappropriately.
  • A person who traveled by plane and remained seated next to a person infected with COVID-19.

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