Can pets spread the coronavirus disease?
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In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it's always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals. Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies. Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
Are there any special cleaning protocols or recommendations for the coronavirus disease?
No. Standard cleaning with common household disinfectants (such as Clorox wipes) should be sufficient. As is recommended each year during cold and flu season, be sure to clean high touch areas (e.g. doorknobs, telephones, remote controls, and bathroom surfaces) regularly.
What is the name of the disease caused by the coronavirus?
The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").
What should you do if you have the coronavirus?
See full answer Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency. Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Stay away from others: As much as possible, stay away from others. You should stay in a specific "sick room" if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
Are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease different in children than in adults?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
Someone who has been released from quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading, according to the CDC.
How long does the virus that causes COVID-19 live on surfaces?
Current guidance indicates that there is: No viable virus after four hours on copper surfaces. No viable virus after 24 hours on cardboard surfaces. No viable virus after four days on plastic and stainless steel. The virus is greatly reduced after 72 hours.