Frequently Asked Questions

No. As these facilities care for very vulnerable people, visits and leaves are prohibited until further notice. Directors of structures may allow, depending on the circumstances, exceptions from the prohibition of access and exit for relatives and family members. All persons entering the premises must disinfect their hands and respect the general rules of hygiene.

Given that many hospitalized people are vulnerable, visits of hospital patients are prohibited until further notice. If a visit has to take place, all of the necessary protective measures must be taken in order to protect the patients. The hospital business continuity plan is to be activated. Health staff leave can be cancelled, if necessary. Hospitals will deploy their staff mainly to urgent and acute activities. In order to reduce the risk of the virus circulating in hospitals, medical, surgical and care activities which are not short-term indispensable are cancelled. Patients with COVID-19 who do not show severe complications (cases with light symptoms) will be cared for at home, while respecting the recommended isolation measures.

In general, it is recommended to avoid unnecessary travel. In case of travel, the respect of barrier gestures is indicated:

• Monitor symptoms daily (cough, breathing problems);

• Measure your temperature twice a day;

• Wash your hands frequently and properly;

• Avoid contact with vulnerable and fragile people;

• Continue your usual activity.

If these people have not been proven to be in close contact with a sick and contagious person and do not have typical symptoms (cough, fever, breathing problems), they can resume their professional activity.

Via hands, viruses such as the novel coronavirus spread quickly. Many people also (unnoticed) often touch their nose or mouth with their hands. By not shaking hands anymore, you reduce the chance of getting infected and infecting others with the novel coronavirus

Via hands, viruses such as the novel coronavirus spread quickly. Many people also (unnoticed) often touch their nose or mouth with their hands. By not shaking hands anymore, you reduce the chance of getting infected and infecting others with the novel coronavirus

Viruses spread very quickly via hands. By washing your hands well and regularly, you reduce the chance that you will become ill, but also that you will infect others

Viruses such as the novel coronavirus spread easily via hands. Many people touch (sometimes unnoticed) their nose or mouth with their hands. By sneezing or coughing in your arm you reduce the chance of getting infected and infecting others with the novel coronavirus.

By social distancing, you have less contact with others, or you keep a distance from others. This reduces the chance that you will infect each other. Examples include: working from home, or spreading working hours if working from home is not possible. Staying at home with respiratory problems and avoiding places where many people can get together.

Chris from Pasadena, California

Yes, but it depends on what kind of test you do. "If you do an antibody test, in theory it could show that you had the virus and then recovered," Hotez said. To do an antibody test, you'd need to have blood drawn.

Jodie from Texas

No, Hotez says. As far as we know, it's not a mosquito-transmitted virus.

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