21 Health Questions About COVID-19 Answered

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11. Realistically, should we expect to be social distancing until 2021?

“Yes, at least in some form,” Siedner said. “We still don’t know how much social distancing we really need.” States are reopening to varying degrees with some allowing hair salons, gyms, and restaurants to open, while others don’t. “We may have to go back to a lockdown if the number of new COVID-19 cases spike,” Siedner added.

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12. What are you most optimistic about?

“If we practice social distancing well, we can put the epidemic at bay until we have the tools to put it away.” A lot of lives were already saved by implementing lockdown measures, according to Siedner. We still have to figure out the right amount of social distancing measures. Can we safely interact at stores, on public transportation, and in barbershops while wearing masks and preventing a renewed spike in cases? All these questions will likely become more clear in the coming weeks.

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13. Are recovered people immune to the virus?

Health experts don’t know yet if people who recover from COVID-19 can get infected again, according to Siedner. Some early research suggests that there is a pretty good chance’ people develop immunity, but it’s not clear how long it may last.

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14. When should people get tested for COVID-19?

The CDC is regularly updating guidance on who should get tested for COVID-19. As of May 3, doctors were advised to prioritize testing of people who have fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat, or signs of a lower respiratory illness, especially in those who may have been exposed to the virus.

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15. Which body fluids can spread the virus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, and it can be spread through respiratory fluids coming from the nose and mouth. Sneezing, coughing, and talking could expel respiratory droplets, which can contain the virus. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was found in early research to live for up to three hours in the air. People could potentially breathe in the virus from the air indoors if an infected person has coughed or sneezed there earlier. It is unknown if nonrespiratory body fluids such as vomit, breast milk, or urine from an infected person can contain viable, infectious SARS-CoV-2.