The virus can move directly through the coughing and breathing of infected people who are then inhaled by healthy people. Viruses can also spread indirectly through objects contaminated with viruses due to sparks or touches of hands contaminated with viruses. Viruses can remain on the surface of objects and live for several hours to several days, but disinfectant fluids can kill them.
If the hands are contaminated with sparks, the virus can spread through contact between people, so it’s important to wash your hands frequently with soap and running water and for a while, avoid shaking hands or kissing each other on the cheek.
How long is the COVID-19 incubation period?
The incubation period is the period of time between contracting the virus and the appearance of symptoms of the disease. Generally the incubation period for COVID-19 is estimated to range from 1 to 14 days, generally around five days. This estimate will be updated as more data is available.
How long does this virus last on the surface of the object?
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 lasts on the surface of the object, but the behavior of this virus resembles other types of coronavirus. Coronavirus research, as well as preliminary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, indicates the virus can survive on the surface of objects between a few hours to several days. The length of time the virus lasts may be affected by different conditions (such as surface type, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you feel a surface might be infected, clean it with a simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Wash your hands with soap and running water or, if not available, alcohol-based cleaning liquid (at least 60%). Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
Can ultraviolet lights kill new corona viruses?
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other skin areas because UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
How effective is the thermal scanner detecting people infected with the new corona virus?
The thermal scanner is effective at detecting people who have a fever (ie having a higher than normal body temperature), which can occur due to infection.
However, the thermal scanner cannot detect an infected person but has not shown a fever. This is because it takes between 1 and 14 days before an infected person becomes sick and has a fever.
Who is at risk of experiencing serious illness due to the corona virus (COVID-19)?
Experts are still studying the impact of COVID-19 on humans, but so far the elderly and people who already have health problems (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) have indicated more severe pain.
How to wear, use, remove and dispose of masks
Remember, masks should only be used by health workers, people who care for the sick, and people who have respiratory symptoms, such as fever and cough.
- Before touching the mask, wash your hands with soap and running water or an alcohol-based cleaning liquid (at least 60%)
- Take a mask and check for tears or holes
- Make sure the direction of the mask is correct (metal tape is located on the top side)
- Make sure the front side of the mask (the colored side) is facing front
- Put a mask on your face. Press the metal tape or the rigid side of the mask until it sticks perfectly to the nose
- Pull the bottom side of the mask until it covers the mouth and chin
- After use, remove the mask, remove the elastic strap from the auricle while keeping the mask away from the
- face and clothing, to avoid the surface of the mask which might be contaminated.
- Immediately dispose of the mask in a closed trash can after use
- Clean hands after touching or disposing of a mask / Wash hands with soap and running water or, if not available, cleaning fluid made from alcohol (minimum 60%).