Members of the Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Coordination (TIKA) and the Colombian Army will distribute food and other items to families in rural areas of Ubaque, Colombia, on April 27.
An employee with a face mask trains dolphins in a conservation center in Bali, Indonesia on April 28.
Employees wearing face masks and shields style customer hair on April 28 in a salon in Tokyo, Japan.
Decorated stones with messages will be available at a children’s booth in Lawrence, Kansas, USA on April 27.
People wearing face masks queue to enter an office building in Beijing, China on April 28.
United States President Donald Trump attends a press conference on coronavirus response in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, April 27.
An electronic sign with the “Swim & Go” exit when swimmers and surfers return to the water on April 28th at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
A 14-year-old celebrates her birthday on April 27 with a drive-by party in front of her house in Pico Rivera, California, USA.
Job seekers wear face masks and maintain social distance before an exam in Seoul, South Korea, on April 25.
A man plays the bagpipes outside his home during the Anzac Day commemoration on April 25 in the Glen Iris suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Traditional Anzac Day ceremonies have been canceled due to the global COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent meeting restrictions.
A passenger wearing a protective face mask is seen in a subway in front of the Eiffel Tower while the blockade due to the Coronavirus outbreak continues in Paris, France on April 24.
A Muslim man prays in front of the National Mosque as it is closed during motion control due to the spread of COVID-19 on April 24, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the first day of Ramadan, the holy month of Lent.
On April 24, workers at Costieragrumi De Riso, a traditional lemon growing company in Minori, Italy, prepare lemons for packaging during the harvest.
Students will take the DSE (Diploma of Secondary Education) exams in Hong Kong on April 24. Temperature and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been conducted in schools for over 50,000 candidates who will take the DSE exam this year.
An aerial view shows the Grand Mosque, which was abandoned on April 24 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan due to the new crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.
A face mask employee speaks to a bank clerk at a counter that has a plastic curtain attached to it to prevent infection on April 24 at MUFG Bank’s Higashinakano branch in Tokyo, Japan.
A woman wears a mask as she prays before sunrise in the light of a street lamp in front of the closed St. George’s Church at the beginning of St. George’s holiday on April 23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Women with face masks passed the opera house in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 23 as the country eased its nationwide efforts to isolate people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Hard Rock Cafe screen will be illuminated in blue as part of the “Light It Blue” initiative in honor of healthcare workers in New York City, New York, USA, on April 23.
A view of empty Istiklal Street and its surroundings during the four-day coronavirus restrictions in 31 provinces in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 23.
A crew member of the Ruby Princess cruise ship shows off a bus in Port Kembla, about 80 kilometers south of Sydney, Australia, on April 23, before it begins returning to its home countries.
Citizens arrive at Ankara Airport in Turkey on April 23 after a Turkish Airlines aircraft evacuated 279, along with 50 German nationals with family ties stranded in Germany.
On April 22, medical personnel jumped into the air in the COVID-19 department of the CHR Center Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle in Liège, Belgium.
On April 22, a couple received a bag of medication from the Zapallar community in Chile, using a drone to supply medication to the elderly.
A teacher instructs students to wear a face mask at Escuela 30, a rural school that resumed school after a month on April 22 in San Jose, Uruguay.
Sarah Stuart-Black, director of emergency management in civil protection, speaks to the media on April 23 during a press conference in Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand.
Notes and accessories will be exhibited on April 22 in a break room at the Red Lion Hotel in Renton, Washington, USA, which is currently one of the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s emergency shelters to increase social distance.
US President Donald Trump (L) watches Dr. Anthony Fauci goes to the podium to answer a question during the Coronavirus Task Force’s daily briefing on April 22nd at the White House in Washington, DC, USA.
A woman in a protective suit is seen waiting to board a train to Shanghai at Wuhan Chinese Station on April 21.
A fireman sprays disinfectant on April 20 at a gas pump in Nairobi, Kenya.
People are seen mask-fishing when State Parks reopened on April 20 in Galveston, Texas, USA.
On April 20, a thank you message for medical workers appears on the windows of a building in New York City, New York, United States.
A protester against staying at home holds a sign on April 20 in Augusta, Maine, USA.
On April 20, an almost empty freeway intersection can be seen in Pasadena, California, USA.
Healthcare workers clap and wave as the Toronto police and city forces pay tribute to healthcare workers in Toronto, Canada on April 19.
A Glovo Food Delivery Executive wearing a face mask walks past an abandoned square in Puerta del Sol on April 19 during the blockade in Madrid, Spain.
As part of a Jordan Kuwait Bank initiative to help unemployed people and raise awareness of coronavirus disease on April 19 in Amman, Jordan, people fly kites labeled “stay at home”.
A man dressed as a Batman gives a birthday cake to a child wearing a face mask in Monterrey, Mexico on April 18.
United States President Donald Trump compares a swab for COVID-19 tests with regular cotton swabs during the Coronavirus Task Force’s daily meeting on April 19 at the White House in Washington, DC, USA.
In Zella-Mehlis, Germany, candles in the shape of a giant cross are lit on April 17 to commemorate the victims of the corona virus.
An emergency medical technician (EMT) with personal protective equipment leaves the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home on April 17 during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, New York, United States.
A health care worker leans against a wall in Manuel Belgrano’s hospital, where doctors protest against the lack of protective equipment and request tests after several of her colleagues in San Martin on the outskirts of Buenos Aires became infected with COVID-19, Argentina, on 17th April.
On April 17, firefighters play their instruments in honor of health workers from a basket on a ladder at Santa Casa Hospital in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
A man carries food past members of the Massachusetts National Guard’s FSC 101 Engineering Battalion as he helps in a pop-up pantry in Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States on April 17.
Delhi Fire Service (DFS) personnel spray disinfectant chemicals along a street during a government-imposed nationwide blockade as a preventive measure against the April 16 COVID 19 outbreak in New Delhi, India.
A sign can be seen in a shop in the mostly deserted city center after stricter rules on social distance and self-isolation were introduced on April 16 in Sydney, Australia.
A worker wearing protective clothing waves to a woman while using disinfectant to clean outside of homes in Santiago, Chile on April 15.
Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition protest on April 15 at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, USA, against the state’s extended order to stay at home.
Volunteers sew face masks on April 15 in the Hafez Theater Hall in downtown Tehran, Iran, while a guitarist plays for volunteers.
A mural in honor of the NHS is pictured as a woman walks past while the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues on April 15 in Liverpool, UK.
A funeral director wears a face mask with an illustration of Jesus in front of the Los Ceibos Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador on April 15.
An Indian traffic policeman stands next to a work of art displayed on a street to raise awareness of the coronavirus during the blockade in Gauhati, India, on April 15.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is illuminated with the image of a medical scrub and the word “thank you” in different languages during an event on Easter Sunday during the outbreak of coronavirus on April 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet participates in a procession to raise awareness of COVID-19 during a government-imposed nationwide ban on April 12 in Chennai, India.
On April 12, medical workers respond to the applause from firefighters, police officers, and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, United States.
A medical worker holds an Easter Bunny balloon in hand on April 12 to applaud firefighters and members of the public outside NYU’s Langone Hospital in New York City, New York, United States.
The U.S. Air Force “Thunderbirds” air demonstration squadron flies over Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in April to appreciate and support health care workers, first responders and other key frontline workers who work to combat the spread of the coronavirus show 11.
Hand-drawn images of rainbows and messages can be seen on a window as coronavirus disease continues to spread on April 11 in Ripon, England.
Empty food shelves are seen in a supermarket in Moscow, Russia on April 11.
An inexperienced monk with a protective mask runs on April 10 in the premises of a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Visitors to the Sydney Fish Market have their temperature checked before entering Australia on April 10th.
Special Task Force (STF) employees who carry disinfectants with protective equipment in front of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 10.
On April 9, in Gdynia, Poland, a woman wears a self-made protective cover with a built-in mask.
People take a walk in Times Square, New York, on April 9, while some screens are illuminated in blue to honor healthcare workers.
Soldiers with face masks stand in front of a U.S.-made M110A2 self-propelled howitzer during a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan to a military base in Tainan, Taiwan, on April 9.
People wearing face masks peek out the windows of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei Province, China, on April 9th.
A woman puts fabric face masks on a string to dry before distributing them free of charge on April 9 in the neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia.
Medical workers walk past a police robot at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China on April 8 after the travel restrictions on leaving the city were lifted.
On April 8, a girl places her finished drawing of an Easter egg on the window of her home in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealanders are encouraged to draw and display Easter eggs on their windows to create an Easter egg hunt that children can participate in during the COVID-19 ban.
Harborview Medical Center employees pose for photos as they accept pizzas donated by basketball player and Seattle-born Isaiah Thomas on April 7 in Seattle, Washington, United States.
A resident of a nursing home beckons to an elderly woman while the MAV Symphony Orchestra plays classical music on the speakers of a car driving through the city on April 7 in Budapest, Hungary, to cheer up people who are locked.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a ministerial statement on COVID-19 at the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on April 8.
Travelers line up in front of Hankou Station after the travel restrictions on leaving Wuhan, China, were lifted on April 8.
A city worker in protective clothing poses for a photo as he disinfects an area of the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6.
Men disguised as superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America stand in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 6 with a banner that reads “Stay at Home”.
A healthcare worker wearing protective clothing is seen testing a coronavirus (COVID-19) in front of a stadium in Bogor, Indonesia on April 7.
An artist paints a mural on a wall on April 6th in Pontefract, England.
A resident picks up a box of food given to him by the army on April 6, in the Santa Rosita neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Gautemala, during a curfew designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Food will be distributed from a truck on April 6 as part of a government program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Community workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectants on April 6 in Grozny, Russia.
Hospital staff members wear candles and oil lamps to show solidarity with people affected by coronavirus disease, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers from around the world during a 21-day nationwide blockade in Kolkata, India. on April 5th.
A volunteer woman, wearing a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of the corona virus, sews face masks on April 5 in a mosque in Tehran, Iran.
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors on April 5 during a blockade to curb the spread of COVID-19 in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
A devotee stands next to palm fronds and religious icons that stand on a table in front of her house on April 5th as part of Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines.
A person wearing a personal protective suit (PPE) leaves Elmhurst Hospital Center on April 5, in New York City, New York, USA, as the outbreak of coronavirus disease continues.
A man in a mask watches April 5 in Bnei Brak, Israel. The ultra-orthodox Jewish city was declared an “exclusion zone” on April 3 due to its high infection rate.
A driver drives through a disinfection tunnel in Chennai, India, on April 5, during a government-imposed nationwide blockade as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
Residents will receive free reusable masks that will be distributed by the government in a community center as stricter measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak are announced in Singapore on April 5.
People wearing face masks commute on a train in Hong Kong on April 4 to fear COVID-19 disease.
A woman with a protective mask checks her cell phone in Woolwich, London, on April 4, while the spread of COVID-19 continues.
A view of beds in a mall, one of the largest in Iran, which was converted into a center for the admission of coronavirus patients in Tehran, Iran on April 4.
A man walks in the middle of empty Westminster Bridge while the spread of COVID-19 continues on April 3rd in London, England.
A resident with a protective face mask waits for coronavirus testing on April 3 at a makeshift rapid test center in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A couple wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new corona virus are waiting on April 3 at Independence Square in Quito, Ecuador.
City workers fumigate a street on April 2 to curb the spread of the corona virus in La Paz, Bolivia.
NHS officials applaud the streets outside Royal Liverpool University Hospital during the Clap for Our Carers campaign on April 2nd in England.
Women maintain social distance while waiting to receive relief supplies from the local police department in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 2.
People with face masks are waiting for a supermarket to open in Wuhan, China on April 2nd.
“Vegas Strong” will be displayed in the lights of the hotel rooms on April 1st at the Wynn Hotel-Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, USA.
Women queue to receive relief supplies from the local community in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 1.
An aerial view of a clue dug in the sand on April 2nd reading #StayHome on Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Residents pay for food by standing on chairs to peek over barriers that were set up in Wuhan on April 1 to protect a damp market.
On March 31, a baker in Erfurt presented sweets in the form of the “Coronavirus” (R) and antibodies with a face mask and eyes.
On March 31, 2020, police officers walk across an empty Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
A young man cuts another man’s hair on March 31st in Oxford, England, on a closed barber shop.
People are following social distancing when they line up in La Paz, Bolivia on March 30 to enter a supermarket while the coronavirus (COVID-19) breaks out.
People wearing face masks practice social distancing while waiting outside a branch of the China Postal Savings Bank in Wuhan, China, on March 31.
A man reaches for a basket that has been hung up so that people can donate or eat for free while Italy fights in Naples on March 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Buddhist monks wearing face shields and masks to protect themselves from coronavirus disease are collecting alms on March 31 in Bangkok, Thailand.
A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, on March 30.
An emergency triage tent can be seen at Harborview Medical Center as efforts continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 29 in Seattle, Washington, USA.
People applaud from their homes to support the medical staff working on the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Barcelona, Spain, on March 29.
Migrant workers crowd in front of a bus stop while waiting to board buses to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide ban to limit the spread of COVID-19 on March 28 in Ghaziabad, India.
Students of medical and medical assistants in personal protective equipment listen during a meeting before looking for possible coronavirus cases in a makeshift homeless camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28.
Indonesia’s Red Cross personnel in protective suits spray disinfectants onto the streets to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on March 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The message “Merci” (French for “thank you”) is displayed on March 27 on the facade of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in honor of those at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus disease.
A person in protective clothing walks through a temporary hospital with 2,000 beds for coronavirus patients, set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in Tehran, Iran, on March 26.
An employee sprays disinfectant into a movie theater as it prepares to be reopened after a coronavirus (COVID-19) closure in Shenyang, Chin, on March 25.
A hairdresser who, as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), is mirrored in a mirror and wears a face mask, hairdresses a customer’s hair on March 25 in Havana, Cuba.
A man plays the guitar and sings to his neighbor from his balcony two days after California Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a nationwide “Stay at Home Order” on March 21st in Oakland, California.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday that he had seen evidence that the novel corona virus came from a virology laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Trump did not provide any evidence to support this claim, and he seemed to be making a bit of security by saying that there are many “theories” about the origin of the virus. He has repeatedly requested an investigation into the origin of the virus. Critics say that efforts are being made to shift the blame to China, while Trump’s missteps in response to the crisis are increasingly criticized.
The president’s comment came Thursday just a few hours after his director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, made a statement on behalf of U.S. intelligence that largely agreed that the virus was not human-made or genetically modified has been.
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President Donald Trump speaks about the corona virus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Monday April 6, 2020 in Washington.
However, this statement left open the question of whether the virus was accidentally released from a laboratory in China, where the virus first appeared before spreading around the world, or whether it came from animals and then jumped to humans like the Chinese Government has indicated.
The intelligence community “will continue to investigate emerging intelligence and intelligence agencies to determine whether the outbreak started due to contact with infected animals or was the result of an accident in a laboratory in Wuhan,” headed the office of Richard Grenell, director of the National Intelligence Service said in a statement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has provided no evidence that the virus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – a theory that many scientists have contested.
Trump appeared to believe this theory on Thursday, although the National Intelligence Director said that the issue was unresolved.
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As COVID-19 becomes a global health threat and the novel coronavirus is spreading to all continents except Antarctica, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a list of questions and answers to address common concerns. Click through to take a look.
(Image) The civil service hall is disinfected to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on March 3 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
All captions come from the WHO website. The organization is currently reviewing ongoing research into the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to share new knowledge.
What is a corona virus?
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that can cause disease in animals or humans. It is known that several coronaviruses cause respiratory infections in humans, ranging from colds to more serious diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the December 2019 outbreak in Wuhan, China.
(Image) Commuters wear protective masks on January 22nd at Hankou station in Wuhan.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, fatigue and dry cough. Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and start gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop symptoms and do not feel uncomfortable. Most people (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without special treatment. Approximately one in six people who develop COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop breathing difficulties. Older people and people with underlying medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes are more likely to develop a serious illness. About two percent of people with the disease have died. People with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should see a doctor.
(Photo) A health worker monitors the body temperature of passengers who arrived on February 26 from Milan (Italy) in Balice (Poland).
How does COVID-19 spread?
Humans can intercept COVID-19 from other people with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Humans can also catch COVID-19 by inhaling droplets from someone with COVID-19 who coughs or exhales droplets. For this reason, it is important to be more than a meter away from a sick person.
(Pictured) Marylou Sudders, Secretary of State for Health and Human Services in Massachusetts, shows how to properly cover a sneeze at a press conference on March 2 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted by air?
Previous studies suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through contact with droplets of breath and not through the air.
(Picture) A pedestrian wears a face mask on January 29 in Toronto, Canada.
Can COVID-19 be caught by a person who has no symptoms?
The disease spreads mainly through droplets of breath that are expelled by someone who coughs. The risk of getting COVID-19 from someone without symptoms is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is especially true in the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to get COVID-19 from someone who, for example, has only a mild cough and does not feel sick.
(Photo) A woman wears a protective mask in Rome on February 28th.
Can I catch COVID-19 from someone with the disease?
The risk of catching COVID-19 from an infected person’s faeces appears to be low. While initial research suggests that the virus may be present in the feces in some cases, spreading this way is not a major feature of the outbreak. However, since this is a risk, it is another reason to clean your hands regularly after using the bathroom and before eating.
(Photo) Bruce Aylward, team leader of the WHO-China joint mission to COVID-19, speaks at a press conference in Geneva on February 25.
What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of diseases?
Find the latest information on the COVID 19 outbreak that is available on the WHO website and from your national and local health authorities. COVID-19 continues to primarily affect people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected suffer from a mild illness and recover, but for others it can be more serious.
Click here for more information on protective measures.
(Pictured) A sign reminding people to wash their hands can be seen on February 6 in front of a dormitory at the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in North Bend, USA.
How likely is it that I will catch COVID-19?
The risk depends on where you live or where you have recently traveled. The risk of infection is higher in areas where a number of people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 95 percent of all COVID-19 cases occur in China, most of them in the Hubei province. For people in most other parts of the world, the risk of developing COVID-19 is currently low. However, it is important to be aware of the situation and preparation efforts in your region.
(Picture) A crew member sprays disinfectant on the seats of a Thai Airways aircraft on January 28.
Should I worry about COVID-19?
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of these areas or have not had close contact with someone who feels and feels uncomfortable, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it is understandable that you feel stressed and concerned about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts so you can pinpoint your risks so you can take reasonable precautions. Your healthcare provider, your national health authority, and your employer are potential sources of accurate information about COVID-19 and whether it is near you. It is important to be informed about the situation in which you live and to take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
If you are in an area where COVID-19 breaks out, you must take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the recommendations of national and local health authorities. Although COVID-19 only causes mild illnesses for most people, it can make some people very sick. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) seem to be more susceptible. (See Safeguards for people who are in, or who have recently visited (the last 14 days) where COVID-19 is spreading.)
(Pictured) Indians, which were lifted from the air after the Wuhan outbreak, are waiting to collect clearance certificates at a quarantine facility in New Delhi on February 17.
Who is at risk of serious illness?
While we’re still learning how COVID-2019 affects people, older people and people with pre-existing conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes) seem to develop more often than other serious diseases.
(Image) A respiratory specialist reads a patient’s CT scan in Wuhan on February 23.
Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?
No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, but only against bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. They should only be used to treat a bacterial infection as directed by a doctor.
(Photo) A customer checks the face masks on March 3 in a pharmacy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Is there a vaccine, drug, or treatment for COVID-19?
Not yet. So far, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should take care to relieve the symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Potential vaccines and some specific drug treatments are currently being studied. They are tested through clinical trials. WHO coordinates efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.
The most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to clean your hands often, cover your cough with a bend of your elbow or tissue, and keep a distance of at least one meter from people who cough or sneeze. For more information, see Basic protective measures against the new corona virus.
(Image) A researcher works in a laboratory at the Philipps University in Marburg on January 31 to develop a vaccine.
Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
People without respiratory symptoms such as cough do not have to wear a medical mask. The WHO recommends the use of masks for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and for people who care for people with symptoms such as cough and fever. The use of masks is critical for health workers and those who care for someone (at home or in a healthcare facility).
The WHO advises the rational use of medical masks in order to avoid unnecessary waste of valuable resources and the misuse of masks (see information on the use of masks). Only use a mask if you have respiratory problems (coughing or sneezing), suspected COVID-19 infection with mild symptoms, or caring for someone suspected of having COVID-19 infection. Suspected COVID-19 infection is associated with travel to areas where cases have been reported or close contact with someone who has traveled and become ill in those areas.
The most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to clean your hands often, cover your cough with a bend of your elbow or tissue, and keep a distance of at least one meter from people who cough or sneeze. For more information, see Basic protective measures against the new corona virus.
(Image) Workers pack protective face masks on February 3rd in Ahmedabad, India.
How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
The “incubation period” refers to the time between the virus being caught and the appearance of symptoms of the disease. Most COVID-19 incubation time estimates range from one to 14 days, most often around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
(Image) Workers set up beds in an exhibition center that was converted to a hospital in Wuhan on February 4.
Can humans get infected with COVID-19 from an animal source?
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals. In rare cases, people become infected with these viruses, which can then spread to other people. For example, SARS-CoV has been associated with civet cats and MERS-CoV is transmitted by dromedary camels. Possible animal sources for COVID-19 have not been confirmed.
For direct protection, for example when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces that come into contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times. Handle raw meat, milk, or animal organs with care to avoid contamination of uncooked foods and consumption of raw or uncooked animal products.
Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
No. There is no evidence that pets or pets, such as cats and dogs, have been infected or spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
(Pictured) Dogs with masks are seen in a stroller in Shanghai, China on February 19.
How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 will survive on surfaces, but it appears to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies indicate that coronaviruses (including preliminary information about the COVID-19 virus) can remain on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This can vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand massage or wash them with soap and water. Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
(Image) A protective equipment specialist sprays an antiseptic solution on February 26 in Seoul, South Korea.
Is it safe to receive a package from an area where COVID-19 has been reported?
Yes. There is little likelihood that an infected person will contaminate commercial goods and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, transported and subjected to different conditions and temperatures is also low.
(Picture) On February 5, employees sort packages in a logistics center of the Russian Post in Moscow.
Is there something I shouldn’t be doing?
The following measures are NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:
Taking traditional herbal remedies
Wear multiple masks
Take self medication like antibiotics
In any case, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, see a doctor early to reduce the risk of a more serious infection and tell your doctor about your recent travel history.
Click here for the full WHO Q&A list.
When asked if he “had seen anything at that point in time that gave you a high degree of certainty that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of this virus,” Trump replied, “Yes, I did. Yes, that I have.”
The president said he could not reveal what gave him this high level of trust. And later he seemed to back up his claim, saying “there are many theories” about the origin of the virus. “We’ll see where it is, we’ll see where it comes from,” Trump said.
The New York Times reported Thursday morning that Trump administration officials were pushing U.S. intelligence agencies to look for evidence to support the theory that they escaped from the Wuhan laboratory. Pompeo has been one of the government’s most public critics in China in the midst of the pandemic, and has repeatedly raised safety issues in Chinese laboratories that examine potentially dangerous viruses.
“We don’t know exactly where this virus came from,” Pompeo said Wednesday during a press conference at the State Department. He complained that the Chinese government did not allow US scientists access to the Wuhan Virology Laboratory, a highly secure biomedical facility. Pompeo said it is unclear whether the laboratory has taken adequate safety precautions.
In an article published by Nature Medicine on March 17, five scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia said that the scientific evidence shows that the virus was not deliberately manipulated and most likely comes from an animal.
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The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaks during a daily press conference in Geneva.
“We do not believe that any kind of laboratory-based scenario is plausible,” they wrote, although they also said, “it is currently impossible to prove or disprove other theories.”
Critics say the White House is trying to divert attention from Trump’s own missteps in responding to the pandemic and point its finger at China as it faces a tough reelection campaign.
“This is about manipulating intelligence agencies for political purposes,” wrote Ned Price, a former CIA analyst who worked in the Obama administration, in a tweet on Thursday. “Whether the virus came from a market or accidentally escaped from a laboratory would have had no impact on the warnings Trump received – and ignored – or the preparatory steps he didn’t take.”
Since January, theories about a possible leak have been circulating at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, mainly among right-wing bloggers, some conservative media experts and pro-Trump China hawks.
The theory that it originates from the Wuhan laboratory is based on evidence such as the history of the Wuhan Institute of Virology for examining coronaviruses in bats, the proximity of the laboratory to the place where some of the infections were first diagnosed, and China lax safety record in his laboratories.
The World Health Organization concluded that the virus had not been manipulated or produced in a laboratory, and said that it was probably derived from an animal, as Chinese officials have claimed.
“The virus is likely to be of animal origin,” said WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib on April 22.