Frequently asked questions about coronavirus infections
What are coronaviruses?
The coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses that can cause various infections, from simple flu-like infections with mild symptoms to serious illnesses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
What are the symptoms of coronavirus infection in humans?
Symptoms depend on the individual virus, but the most common agents that attack humans cause respiratory infections and fever. In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), renal failure and, in the worst case, death.
Can corona viruses be transmitted from person to person?
Yes, some corona viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, can be transmitted from person to person; usually as a result of closer contact with an infected patient, e.g. at home, at work or in practice or hospital.
Can humans get infected from an animal with the new SARS-CoV-2 corona virus?
Numerous studies have shown that both the SARS coronavirus and the MERS coronavirus are derived from animal viruses that have become pathogenic for humans. However, numerous known animal corona viruses do not cause any disease in humans. At te present time, there is no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus could be transpitted to humans from pets.
Washing hands can really protect you from a corona virus infection?
Washing and disinfecting hands are the pillars in preventing infection. You should wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds (better 40-60) with soap and water. If no water an no soap are available, special disinfectants for hands with an alcohol content of at least 60% can be used. The virus penetrates the human body through the eyes, nose and mouth. You should avoid touching them with unwashed hands.