The COVID-19 has dominated global headlines for months, and you could be overwhelmed by the amount of information you've seen, however, how much do you really know about the coronavirus? Take this test, learn more about it and get the correct info to protect yourself and loved ones, together, each of us could play our parts to fight against the pandemic.
What Is COVID-19? The COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019, caused by highly transmissible severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March. As of 21 August 2020, more than 22.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 792,000 deaths; more than 14.4 million people have recovered.
How Does COVID-19 Spread? The virus is spread primarily via nose and mouth secretions including small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets usually do not travel through air over long distances. However, those standing in close proximity may inhale these droplets and become infected. People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. The transmission may also occur through smaller droplets that are able to stay suspended in the air for longer periods of time in enclosed spaces. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19? Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of sense of smell. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days but may range from two to fourteen days. There are several vaccine candidates in development, although none have completed clinical trials to prove their safety and efficacy. There is no known specific antiviral medication, so primary treatment is currently symptomatic.
What Are The Preventive Measures of COVID-19? Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, wearing a face mask in public settings, disinfecting surfaces, increasing ventilation and air filtration indoors, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected. Authorities worldwide have responded by implementing travel restrictions, lockdowns, workplace hazard controls, and facility closures in order to slow the spread of the disease. Many places have also worked to increase testing capacity and trace contacts of infected persons.
What Are The Impacts of COVID-19? The pandemic has caused global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. Up to 100 million people have fallen into extreme poverty and global famines are affecting 265 million people. It has led to the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, political, and cultural events, widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, and decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Schools, universities, and colleges have been closed either on a nationwide or local basis in 161 countries, affecting approximately 98.6 percent of the world's student population. Misinformation about the virus has circulated through social media and mass media. There have been incidents of xenophobia and discrimination against Chinese people and against those perceived as being Chinese or as being from areas with high infection rates.
COVID-19 Knowledge Quiz Sample Questions
Q1. Which of the following statement is NOT true?
A. most people (about 80%) recover from COVID-19 without needing hospital treatment.
B. around 1 out of every 5 (about 20%) people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
C. older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness.
D. young people (age < 20) are less likely to catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill.
Q2. There are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the COVID-19 disease.
Q3. You live in an area with malaria or dengue fever, what should you do if you have a symptom of fever?
A. ignore it and go out when you want to.
B. seek medical help.
C. stay at home, self-isolate and monitor your condition, seek medical care only when you have difficulty breathing or pain/pressure in the chest.
Q4. How does weather seem to affect the novel coronavirus?
A. The virus can't survive in hot, humid climates.
B. Cold temperatures can kill the virus.
C. It is not yet known.
Q5. Which of the following people is more vulnerable when facing COVID-19?
Answers Are :
B. People with underlying health problems, such as lung, heart problems or diabetes
C. Chinese people
D. European people
Q1 (D), Q2 (A), Q3 (B), Q4 (C), Q5 (B),