COVID-19: Doctors answer your questions

By Dr. Khyati Dave, Biogetica

Yahoo India, in collaboration with Biogetica, has started a special series on COVID-19 as part of which doctors will answer all the coronavirus-related questions sent in by users. Biogetica has a panel of doctors ready to reply to questions around COVID-19 with precise information.

This is Part 2 of the series. You can access Part 1 here.

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Question & Answer:

1. How long is someone contagious after getting the coronavirus?

This time frame varies from patient to patient. Each patient is monitored individually concerning his/her release from isolation. 

There is a guideline issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about when a patient can be released from isolation. 

These guidelines state the below parameters to be fulfilled:

  • The patient does not have fever anymore even without the use of fever-reducing medications.

  • Patient is no longer showing any symptoms, including any cough.

  • Patient obtaining negative test on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

According to CDC, a person who has been released from isolation (after meeting the above criteria) is not considered a threat to further transmit the infection.

2. Are the old and very young at greater risk of getting coronavirus infection?

Yes, adults above 60 and young children are considered to be at a higher risk as they possess lower immunity. Old people who have serious underlying medical conditions like diabetes, heart and lung disease; may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

However, it should be noted that anyone of any age can get infected.

3. Can hot weather kill coronavirus?

It is not yet clear if COVID-19 spread will be affected by seasonal temperature variation. Research on the transmissibility, severity and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations is currently on.

4. Can mosquitoes transmit coronavirus?

No. According to the World Health Organization, there is no data or evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitoes. 

5. Is it safe to have food delivered?

There is no evidence to suggest the transmission of COVID-19 through food. Virologists have also observed that even if coronavirus does get into your food, your stomach acid with low pH inactivates the virus.

However, you need to take care of certain aspects like:

  • Avoid contact with the delivery person.

  • Make sure to disinfect the containers.

  • Wash your hands before removing the contents and eating.

(Dr Khyati Dave has a BHMS degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai. She has been practicing Homeopathy for over seven years and is also an author. She holds a certified Degree in Nutrition and Health Education and offers diet recommendations to her patients.)

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