It is important that you wash your hands after you handle food packaging. The Chinese city of Jinan said over the weekend it had found coronavirus on beef and tripe and their packaging from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, while two other provincial capitals detected it on packaging on pork from Argentina.
Evidence has shown masks likely do reduce the spread of COVID-19, so wearing them is a good thing – particularly as Victoria continues to grapple with a second wave. But one conversation we’re not having enough is around how to safely dispose of single-use masks. Disposing of used masks or gloves incorrectly could risk spreading the infection they’re designed to protect against.
A study from China found 16% of household contacts developed COVID-19, and that spouses of the index case (meaning the first person to spread it in that cluster) were more likely to get infected than other family members.
Unfortunately, temperature checks could well join the long list of fumbled responses to the pandemic, from the testing debacle to federal officials’ about-face on masks. Because many contagious people have no symptoms, using temperature checks to catch them is like trying to catch tennis balls in a soccer net: way too many can get through.
Experts say testing is a vital component to controlling the outbreak, but one test result still isn’t a green light to visit vulnerable friends or family members. The nature of covid-19, the time it takes for someone to develop symptoms and the varied ways the virus affects people make each test a snapshot in time more than a definitive answer.
This page offers a self-checker Bot to guide and help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
While it’s likely people develop some immunity after being infected with the coronavirus, experts still don’t know whether you need a certain amount of antibodies to fight off another infection. And even if you do have the right amount, it also isn’t clear yet how long its protection lasts.
To encourage young children to wear a face mask while in public, some pediatricians have suggested that parents name, talk to it and even pretend to feed their child’s mask. While it may feel silly, doctors say that kids quickly adapt the same attitudes as adults, including for the use of face masks.
As the world comes to terms with how governments have responded to today's coronavirus pandemic, some are looking to history to guide them. Chief among those lessons is the need "to have proper precautions in place," and not to try and hush it up or try and deny its existence. Then it has fatal consequences for many, many people.
Learn specific, easy-to-follow, science-based recommendations for limiting the transmission of the coronavirus while operating a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, retail outlets, and hair and nail salons.