Can a new coronavirus be cured?
Yes, sure. However, there is no specific antiviral drug for the new coronavirus – just as there is no specific treatment for most other respiratory viruses that cause colds.
Viral pneumonia, the main and most dangerous complication of coronavirus infection, cannot be treated with antibiotics. In the case of pneumonia, treatment is aimed at maintaining lung function.
Who is at risk?
People of all ages run the risk of contracting the virus. The Wuhan Health Commission said in a statement that the age of the 60 most recent cases is between 15 and 88 years old. However, as in the case of most other viral respiratory diseases, children and people over 65 years of age, people with a weakened immune system are at risk of a severe course of the disease.
Is there a vaccine for the new coronavirus?
Currently, there is no such vaccine, however, in a number of countries, including Russia, research organizations of Rospotrebnadzor have already begun its development.
What is the difference between coronavirus and influenza virus?
Coronavirus and influenza viruses may have similar symptoms, but genetically they are completely different.
Influenza viruses multiply very quickly – symptoms appear two to three days after infection, and the coronavirus requires up to 14 days for this.
How not to infect others
• Minimize contacts with healthy people (welcome handshakes, kisses).
• If you feel unwell, but are forced to communicate with other people or use public transport, use a disposable mask, be sure to change it to a new one every hour.
• When coughing or sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth, if possible, with a disposable handkerchief, if not, with your palms or elbow.
• Use only personal or disposable tableware.
• Isolate your personal hygiene items from the household: toothbrush, washcloth, towels.
• Wet house cleaning daily, including the processing of door handles, switches, office equipment control panels.