Q. How long does it take to recover?
Q. Can I get coronavirus from my pet, or vice versa?
Q. How long is someone contagious after getting coronavirus?
It varies. Decisions about when a person can be released from isolation are made on a case-by-case basis.
— The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
— The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.
“Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others,” the CDC says.
Q. The flu infects a lot more people and kills a lot more Americans than coronavirus. So why is everyone so worried about coronavirus?
Coronavirus has killed 31 Americans since February and infected at least 1,000 nationwide.
“The thing about this disease, though, is that there’s a difference in the experience of coronavirus if you’re young and healthy vs. if you’re older and if you have chronic disease,” epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed said.
There’s a “very high mortality rate — one in six — among people who are over 80 and people with underlying chronic disease,” he said.
By contrast, there is no vaccine available for coronavirus.
Q. Can I get coronavirus from a package sent from China?
“Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures,” WHO said.
“If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.”
Q. Are kids more at risk?
“Younger people, thankfully, seem to be insulated to some extent to protect (them) from getting particularly sick from this,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “We don’t know entirely why.”
“They can still carry the virus in their bodies,” Gupta said. “They could potentially still shed the virus and be a source of infection.”
Q. Is coronavirus especially harmful for pregnant women?
“Based on limited case reports, adverse infant outcomes (e.g., preterm birth) have been reported among infants born to mothers positive for Covid-19 during pregnancy,” the CDC says.
“However, it is not clear that these outcomes were related to maternal infection, and at this time the risk of adverse infant outcomes is not known.”
Q. When will this epidemic end?
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar responded to Trump’s suggestion that coronavirus could weaken in warmer weather.
“But it also could just as equally respond the way SARS — a coronavirus adaptation — responds and continue in the warm season.”
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Nadia Kounang contributed to this report.