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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)- CoVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) addressed some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Coronaviruses and the CoVID-19 outbreak. Below is the list of FAQs addressed.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to severe 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.

Is CoVID-19 the same as SARS?

No. The virus that causes CoVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of SARS in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different. SARS was deadlier but much less infectious than CoVID-19.

Can one catch CoVID-19 from the feces of someone with the disease?

The risk of catching CoVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be less. While the initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not the main feature of this outbreak. The WHO is still researching on multiple spread routes of CoVID-19. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating.

Can humans become infected with the CoVID-19 from an animal source?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals. Occasionally, people get infected with these viruses which may then spread to other people. Possible animal sources of CoVID-19 have not yet been confirmed. To protect oneself, such as when visiting live animal markets,

One must avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces in 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.

Can one catch CoVID-19 from pets?

There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit CoVID-19.

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