Common Questions Coronavirus (COVID-19)


How long does it take for symptoms of the coronavirus disease to appear?

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

Can people recover from coronavirus disease?

You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life. Most of the people who catch COVID-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies.

Can COVID-19 spread through food?

It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to- person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply.

Can antibiotics treat the coronavirus disease?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses. The 2019-nCOV is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

Is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?

The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat and headaches.

Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

Can coronavirus spread through mosquito bite?

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

Help protect your loved ones, health care providers and community

  • Stay home, except to get medical care. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places including the store. If you must go out, avoid public transportation or ridesharing/taxis and stay far away (6-feet or more) away from other people.
  • Call ahead. If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. Follow their instructions.
  • Stay away from others in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home to protect them. Keep the door closed. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Clean all surfaces that are shared with others.
  • Wear a mask. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask. If you are not able to (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people should not stay in the same room with you.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes. Use a tissue or your elbow. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It’s especially important to clean your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. For visible soiling, soap and water are best.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others. Some examples include dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Don’t handle pets or other animals while sick.
  • If you are the only adult, clean surfaces that are touched often.