Will I catch COVID-19?

For people living in an area where there is an outbreak of COVID-19, the risk is higher. Comply with all restrictions on travel, movement and large gatherings. Practice measures identified to protect yourself and others.

Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?

While COVID-19 is also in the family of coronaviruses that affect the respiratory system like SARS did, it has a few amino acid sequence differences making it its own virus.

Why is handwashing so effective?

COVID-19 needs to work as an intact virus to transmit. Soap and water handwashing breaks it up into small pieces so it’s destroyed.

Should I wear a mask?

Only wear a mask if you have symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who is ill.

Why is everyone buying up all the toilet paper?

Rare cases of COVID-19 may present diarrhea as a symptom, but this is very much the exception. This has been misinterpreted, and created undue panic. As the recovery time for most individuals with mild to moderate symptoms is similar to the flu (2-6 weeks), hoarding toilet paper is unnecessary.

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