Top coronavirus questions answered
CNN, March 20, 2020
Is it safe to get takeout from restaurants?
Yes, but you may want to wipe down the packaging and containers, just in case.
There’s no evidence to suggest coronavirus is transmitted through food, the CDC says. It’s generally spread through respiratory droplets.
But it’s a good idea to disinfect the takeout containers and wash your hands afterward, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. He stressed that coronavirus is a respiratory virus, and it’s easy to touch your face without realizing it.
How long will we have to keep social distancing?
Probably for several months. But you might have to do it “over and over again,” since the outbreak could come in waves.
Research suggests “you have to institute these kinds of measures for five months, very vigorously,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center.
Health officials say we’re at least a year away from the first publicly available coronavirus vaccine. In the meantime, they say everyone should avoid large crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
How long does coronavirus stay “alive” on surfaces?
Up to three days, depending on the surface. According to a study funded by the US National Institutes of Health:
The new coronavirus is viable up to 72 hours after being placed on stainless steel and plastic.
It was viable up to four hours after being placed on copper, and up to 24 hours after being put on cardboard.
In aerosols, it remained viable for three hours.
Is it safe to go to the dentist?
The ADA has urged dentists nationwide to postpone elective procedures until at least April 6.
Is coronavirus more contagious than the flu?
Yes. Research indicates a person with the flu infects about 1.28 other people, on average, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said.
But with the novel coronavirus, he said, “it’s likely between two and three” other people … Read more.