What is a pandemic and is COVID-19 a pandemic?

What is a pandemic and is COVID-19 a pandemic?

Pandemic: An epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020 by the World Health Organization.

Are there any drugs approved for in-hospital COVID-19 treatment?

Remdesivir is an FDA-approved (and sold under the brand name Veklury) intravenous antiviral drug for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization.

How do I handle personal protective equipment (PPE) waste during the coronavirus pandemic?

Discard PPE into a trash can. Facility waste does not need disinfection.

How can I make my own hand sanitizer?

Here’s what you need to make your own hand sanitizer Add 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol to the mixing bowl. Add 1/3 cup of aloe vera to the bowl. Stir until the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel are well blended. Next, you can mix in eight to 10 drops of the optional scented essential oil, if you desire.

Can adults spread COVID-19 to children?

We know at this point that children can catch coronavirus, and also that they can spread the disease, even if they don’t have symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control suggest that children as well as adults keep a 6-foot distance from others outside their household, if possible.

What is the incubation period for the coronavirus disease?

Based on existing literature, the incubation period (the time from exposure to development of symptoms) of SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses (e.g. MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV) ranges from 2–14 days.

What protective gear is recommended to clean surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Discard disposable gloves after each cleaning. For reusable gloves, dedicate a pair for disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. After removing gloves, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Some barriers (butyl rubber, natural rubber, neoprene rubber, nitrile rubber, and polyvinylchloride) may offer better protection for a variety of chemicals than other barriers. More information on recommended barriers for common disinfectants can be located on the CDC cleaning and disinfecting webpage.

Does the CDC recommend that healthcare personnel wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the CDC recommends health care personnel wear face masks at all times while they are in the health care facility, including in breakrooms or common areas where they might encounter co-workers or visitors.