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World
241,819,445
Confirmed
4,919,101
Deaths
219,090,269
Recovered
17,810,075
Active

Total Coronavirus Cases in the World

Daily New Cases in the World

Data Breakdown

CountryCasesCases (24h)DeathsDeaths (24h)Deaths (%)RecoveredRecovered (24h)Recovered (%)ActiveActive (%)
United States
45,872,95037,086745,7145261.6%35,497,067105,14777.4%9,630,16921.0%
India
34,093,38712,338452,4851641.3%33,451,17019,45498.1%189,7320.6%
Brazil
21,651,9107,446603,5211972.8%20,813,40818,91196.1%234,9811.1%
United Kingdom
8,497,86849,156138,629451.6%6,954,65338,21481.8%1,404,58616.5%
Russia
8,027,01234,325224,3109982.8%7,017,05516,43187.4%785,6479.8%
Turkey
7,683,51729,24067,8372140.9%7,116,30526,53992.6%499,3756.5%
France
7,090,1091,057117,306411.7%6,885,1286,76097.1%87,6751.2%
Iran
5,796,65911,844124,2561812.1%5,333,3049,19692.0%339,0995.9%
Argentina
5,273,463912115,704382.2%5,140,50689197.5%17,2530.3%
Spain
4,988,8781,49887,030181.7%4,839,2944,05797.0%62,5541.3%
Colombia
4,982,5751,043126,886212.6%4,826,8011,53696.9%28,8880.6%
Italy
4,719,4931,597131,585442.8%4,511,5452,75695.6%76,3631.6%
Germany
4,399,7896,56895,511572.2%4,155,0008,00094.4%149,2783.4%
Indonesia
4,235,384626142,999473.4%4,075,0111,59396.2%17,3740.4%
Mexico
3,757,0561,993284,381607.6%3,117,2543,90483.0%355,4219.5%
Poland
2,941,1261,53776,11532.6%2,677,5371,71691.0%187,4746.4%
South Africa
2,916,80321088,61973.0%2,805,56638096.2%22,6180.8%
Philippines
2,727,2866,94340,761861.5%2,617,69319,68796.0%68,8322.5%
Ukraine
2,644,6949,52460,8101772.3%2,329,4183,42188.1%254,4669.6%
Malaysia
2,396,1215,43427,993721.2%2,278,9558,43595.1%89,1733.7%
Peru
2,190,0090199,84309.1%000.0%1,990,16690.9%
Netherlands
2,051,0653,35418,25020.9%1,965,0041,99495.8%67,8113.3%
Iraq
2,037,0121,55922,785291.1%1,970,7132,85196.8%43,5142.1%
Thailand
1,793,81210,11118,336631.0%1,668,25010,61293.0%107,2266.0%
Japan
1,714,72042918,103111.1%1,688,96366498.5%7,6540.5%
Czech Republic
1,709,71678730,55491.8%1,662,9481,02497.3%16,2141.0%
Canada
1,681,3071,43828,508151.7%1,619,1713,17996.3%33,6282.0%
Chile
1,672,0651,31537,620112.3%1,623,15798997.1%11,2880.7%
Bangladesh
1,565,82733927,778101.8%1,528,37150997.6%9,6780.6%
Romania
1,467,40110,14142,0422612.9%1,245,4226,59084.9%179,93712.3%
Israel
1,317,7581,1008,010110.6%1,292,1101,79298.1%17,6381.3%
Belgium
1,279,869025,74702.0%1,186,374092.7%67,7485.3%
Pakistan
1,265,04766328,280112.2%1,210,8971,01995.7%25,8702.0%
Sweden
1,161,933014,91601.3%1,130,85283297.3%16,1651.4%
Portugal
1,080,09729118,10031.7%1,031,79239295.5%30,2052.8%
Serbia
1,055,2966,4619,157520.9%925,3358,11887.7%120,80411.5%
Morocco
942,28014814,561171.6%921,98035297.9%5,7390.6%
Cuba
936,8091,8448,079210.9%920,4122,24598.3%8,3180.9%
Kazakhstan
918,1461,64211,751241.3%860,1201,45993.7%46,2755.0%
Vietnam
867,2213,16821,269752.5%792,9801,13691.4%52,9726.1%
Switzerland
856,9552,36611,17431.3%811,9411,40094.8%33,8404.0%
Jordan
843,2041,71510,88781.3%816,6171,21496.9%15,7001.9%
Hungary
836,3893,27430,402513.6%791,9981,35294.7%13,9891.7%
Nepal
805,56052311,29391.4%782,39393797.1%11,8741.5%
Austria
777,6791,89711,180131.4%744,3281,86795.7%22,1712.9%
United Arab Emirates
738,6901042,12000.3%732,43714299.2%4,1330.6%
Tunisia
710,9534725,10023.5%684,51210996.3%1,3410.2%
Greece
697,0333,14715,418432.2%653,4362,26793.8%28,1794.0%
Georgia
664,8132,4799,510421.4%614,8552,37492.5%40,4486.1%
Lebanon
634,2093008,43051.3%609,2321,47296.1%16,5472.6%
Guatemala
588,26219314,387572.5%562,29185795.6%11,5842.0%
Belarus
573,9431,9814,417150.8%546,4151,17095.2%23,1114.0%
Costa Rica
551,14406,79701.2%470,056085.3%74,29113.5%
Saudi Arabia
547,969388,76521.6%536,9995298.0%2,2050.4%
Bulgaria
545,5984,97922,4882144.1%459,8692,00984.3%63,24111.6%
Sri Lanka
532,21857013,507232.5%492,97535492.6%25,7364.8%
Ecuador
513,026032,89906.4%443,880086.5%36,2477.1%
Bolivia
506,65417718,83423.7%468,93951192.6%18,8813.7%
Azerbaijan
503,4521,2456,778131.4%478,81240995.1%17,8623.6%
Myanmar
488,8751,02218,388293.8%441,3711,11290.3%29,1166.0%
Panama
470,26407,29101.6%460,667098.0%2,3060.5%
Paraguay
460,5532416,22803.5%444,0332796.4%2920.1%
Slovakia
437,93855312,85482.9%403,41425492.1%21,6705.0%
Croatia
428,2333198,907112.1%410,0271,29395.8%9,2992.2%
Palestine
418,6757094,32251.0%402,40547296.1%11,9482.9%
Ireland
416,6901,5765,30601.3%368,8371,45688.5%42,54710.2%
Kuwait
412,371392,45810.6%409,3443699.3%5690.1%
Venezuela
392,76204,71901.2%372,863094.9%15,1803.9%
Uruguay
391,1671236,06901.6%383,56216398.1%1,5360.4%
Honduras
372,179010,09702.7%113,676030.5%248,40666.7%
Dominican Republic
371,4479964,09031.1%361,2892,51297.3%6,0681.6%
Lithuania
370,1191,4685,456141.5%329,61535789.1%35,0489.5%
Denmark
369,4037522,68830.7%357,70541096.8%9,0102.4%
Ethiopia
359,4952486,238211.7%329,25729591.6%24,0006.7%
Libya
350,6286384,904211.4%280,9511,41980.1%64,77318.5%
South Korea
343,4451,0492,66880.8%311,7811,43790.8%28,9968.4%
Mongolia
339,5361,1311,556140.5%307,192090.5%30,7889.1%
Egypt
318,456017,97005.6%268,843084.4%31,6439.9%
Moldova
317,8991,3707,273322.3%295,604093.0%15,0224.7%
Slovenia
308,5013644,64131.5%291,45222294.5%12,4084.0%
Oman
304,066124,10611.4%299,4341098.5%5260.2%
Armenia
283,1831,1925,805272.1%254,93299690.0%22,4467.9%
Bahrain
276,188701,39100.5%274,1608499.3%6370.2%
Kenya
252,066335,22412.1%245,3479397.3%1,4950.6%
Bosnia and Herzegovina
245,08227011,201444.6%192,218078.4%41,66317.0%
Qatar
237,9966760800.3%236,4987599.4%8900.4%
Zambia
209,536153,65801.8%205,6861998.2%1920.1%
Nigeria
209,29802,83701.4%197,143094.2%9,3184.5%
Algeria
205,364785,87312.9%140,8256768.6%58,66628.6%
North Macedonia
197,1971066,964243.5%183,47424793.0%6,7593.4%
Norway
196,89654588400.5%88,952045.2%107,06054.4%
Latvia
186,8691,2552,89771.6%158,9001,02385.0%25,07213.4%
Botswana
184,0512,1952,38931.3%179,9331,80997.8%1,7290.9%
Uzbekistan
181,3123541,29030.7%177,21332797.7%2,8091.6%
Kyrgyzstan
179,913682,63621.5%174,6924697.1%2,5851.4%
Albania
178,1882172,82991.6%169,08520294.9%6,2743.5%
Estonia
173,3358211,42930.8%154,03511588.9%17,87110.3%
Afghanistan
155,776127,24634.7%127,14310981.6%21,38713.7%
Finland
151,2071,3101,12040.7%46,000030.4%104,08768.8%
Mozambique
151,112101,92711.3%148,47428798.3%7110.5%
Singapore
150,7312,55323960.2%125,0363,07183.0%25,45616.9%
Australia
145,3142,1791,543111.1%110,092075.8%33,67923.2%
Montenegro
138,0472782,036131.5%131,20429495.0%4,8073.5%
Zimbabwe
132,36804,65803.5%126,308095.4%1,4021.1%
Ghana
129,44001,16700.9%125,839097.2%2,4341.9%
Namibia
128,353253,54022.8%123,8981896.5%9150.7%
Uganda
125,261753,18502.5%96,3891177.0%25,68720.5%
Cyprus
120,640056300.5%90,755075.2%29,32224.3%
Cambodia
116,8601952,670122.3%111,14927995.1%3,0412.6%
El Salvador
110,18803,490133.2%92,173083.7%14,52513.2%
Rwanda
99,181361,31301.3%45,507145.9%52,36152.8%
Cameroon
98,40201,55001.6%80,433081.7%16,41916.7%
China
96,546244,63604.8%91,3942694.7%5160.5%
Jamaica
87,38902,11002.4%55,462063.5%29,81734.1%
Maldives
86,2114623800.3%84,7189198.3%1,2551.5%
Luxembourg
79,98226283901.1%77,74629997.2%1,3971.8%
Senegal
73,87371,87102.5%71,975597.4%270.0%
Angola
62,84201,66402.7%50,626080.6%10,55216.8%
Malawi
61,726102,29423.7%56,9219692.2%2,5114.1%
Ivory Coast
61,038068201.1%59,447097.4%9091.5%
Democratic Republic of the Congo
57,26901,08901.9%50,930088.9%5,2509.2%
Guadeloupe
54,152073101.4%2,25004.2%51,17194.5%
Trinidad and Tobago
54,11401,60003.0%48,141089.0%4,3738.1%
Réunion
54,024037000.7%53,520099.1%1340.3%
Fiji
51,8462266301.3%48,3472793.3%2,8365.5%
Suriname
46,44701,02202.2%27,071058.3%18,35439.5%
Swaziland
46,37181,23522.7%44,9412996.9%1950.4%
French Guiana
43,376029500.7%9,995023.0%33,08676.3%
Madagascar
42,898095802.2%41,322096.3%6181.4%
Martinique
42,167063801.5%10400.3%41,42598.2%
French Polynesia
40,178063521.6%33,500083.4%6,04315.0%
Sudan
39,55003,03807.7%32,872083.1%3,6409.2%
Syria
39,4884022,429216.2%25,0958063.6%11,96430.3%
Cape Verde
38,049934700.9%37,3072698.1%3951.0%
Malta
37,4641145901.2%36,3411197.0%6641.8%
Mauritania
36,677078802.2%35,446096.6%4431.2%
Guyana
34,455087002.5%29,732086.3%3,85311.2%
Gabon
33,442021300.6%27,879083.4%5,35016.0%
Laos
32,3142854000.1%6,558020.3%25,71679.6%
Guinea
30,572038501.3%29,233095.6%9543.1%
Tanzania
26,034072402.8%000.0%25,31097.2%
Togo
25,903423900.9%25,2485497.5%4161.6%
Benin
24,560016100.7%23,971097.6%4281.7%
Papua New Guinea
24,041026601.1%19,840082.5%3,93516.4%
Belize
23,990046101.9%20,724086.4%2,80511.7%
Haiti
23,04210965702.9%20,0783587.1%2,30710.0%
Seychelles
21,9037011900.5%21,56713798.5%2171.0%
Bahamas
21,580059002.7%19,683091.2%1,3076.1%
Lesotho
21,530065503.0%11,997055.7%8,87841.2%
Somalia
21,26901,18005.6%9,927046.7%10,16247.8%
Mayotte
20,439018100.9%2,964014.5%17,29484.6%
East Timor
19,7251111900.6%19,5081298.9%980.5%
Burundi
19,55503800.2%77304.0%18,74495.9%
Tajikistan
17,086012400.7%16,960099.3%20.0%
Curaçao
16,934017101.0%16,487097.4%2761.6%
Mauritius
16,6694813450.8%1,854011.1%14,68188.1%
Taiwan
16,337084605.2%15,352094.0%1390.9%
Republic of the Congo
15,96244823191.5%12,421077.8%3,31020.7%
Nicaragua
15,737020601.3%4,225026.9%11,30671.8%
Aruba
15,720017001.1%15,395097.9%1551.0%
Mali
15,6432455703.6%14,483592.6%6033.9%
Andorra
15,338013000.9%15,139098.7%690.5%
Burkina Faso
14,7521820301.4%14,2175396.4%3322.3%
Djibouti
13,4151918121.4%13,1125197.7%1220.9%
Barbados
13,17120311900.9%9,330070.8%3,72228.3%
Equatorial Guinea
12,840015601.2%12,263095.5%4213.3%
Iceland
12,614373300.3%12,06113895.6%5204.1%
Hong Kong
12,300521301.7%11,994297.5%930.8%
Saint Lucia
12,228023601.9%11,439093.6%5534.5%
South Sudan
12,2254113001.1%11,7765096.3%3192.6%
Jersey
12,17409800.8%11,656095.8%4203.5%
Central African Republic
11,478910000.9%6,859059.8%4,51939.4%
Brunei
11,0471877630.7%8,24219774.6%2,72924.7%
New Caledonia
10,0709324212.4%5500.6%9,77397.1%
Gambia
9,946033903.4%9,600096.5%70.1%
Yemen
9,556301,807318.9%6,0843063.7%1,66517.4%
Isle of Man
8,647695400.6%7,99331292.4%6006.9%
Eritrea
6,77404500.7%6,677098.6%520.8%
Sierra Leone
6,396012101.9%4,393068.7%1,88229.4%
Niger
6,170020403.3%5,858094.9%1081.8%
Guinea-Bissau
6,130014102.3%5,396088.0%5939.7%
Liberia
5,803028604.9%5,458094.1%591.0%
Gibraltar
5,769119801.7%5,5091095.5%1622.8%
Grenada
5,7461219203.3%5,4222794.4%1322.3%
Bermuda
5,56709501.7%5,122092.0%3506.3%
San Marino
5,47559101.7%5,3672498.0%170.3%
Chad
5,067017403.4%4,874096.2%190.4%
New Zealand
5,055642800.6%4,3755486.6%65212.9%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
4,62745301.2%2,8903762.5%1,68436.4%
Sint Maarten
4,44407101.6%4,309097.0%641.4%
Comoros
4,190414703.5%4,021596.0%220.5%
Dominica
4,15302800.7%3,841092.5%2846.8%
Antigua and Barbuda
3,91809502.4%3,121079.7%70217.9%
Saint Martin
3,81905501.4%1,399036.6%2,36561.9%
São Tomé and Príncipe
3,67705601.5%3,112084.6%50913.8%
Liechtenstein
3,49886001.7%3,399997.2%391.1%
Monaco
3,35803301.0%3,284097.8%411.2%
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,92502300.8%2,855097.6%471.6%
British Virgin Islands
2,72503701.4%2,649097.2%391.4%
Bhutan
2,6170300.1%2,605099.5%90.3%
Saint Kitts and Nevis
2,55662100.8%1,9067174.6%62924.6%
Caribbean Netherlands
2,33501900.8%2,157092.4%1596.8%
Saint Barthélemy
1,5880600.4%462029.1%1,12070.5%
Faroe Islands
1,3500200.2%1,261093.4%876.4%
Cayman Islands
1,0110200.2%827081.8%18218.0%
MS Zaandam
902022.2%7077.8%00.0%
Anguilla
6680100.2%587087.9%8012.0%
Greenland
6540000.0%618094.5%365.5%
Wallis and Futuna
4450701.6%438098.4%00.0%
Macau
770000.0%66085.7%1114.3%
Falkland Islands
680000.0%67098.5%11.5%
Montserrat
410102.4%31075.6%922.0%
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
320000.0%320100.0%00.0%
Vatican City
270000.0%270100.0%00.0%
Solomon Islands
200000.0%200100.0%00.0%
Western Sahara
1001010.0%8080.0%110.0%
Palau
80000.0%83100.0%00.0%
Marshall Islands
40000.0%40100.0%00.0%
Vanuatu
401025.0%3075.0%00.0%
Samoa
30000.0%30100.0%00.0%
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
20000.0%20100.0%00.0%
Micronesia
10000.0%10100.0%00.0%

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What is coronavirus?2020-04-20T16:33:58+00:00

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:34:29+00:00

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:16:39+00:00

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?2020-04-20T16:17:16+00:00

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.

What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?2020-04-20T16:18:02+00:00

Protection measures for everyone

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
How likely am I to catch COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:18:36+00:00

The risk depends on where you  are – and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.

For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.

You can see these at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

Should I worry about COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:35:54+00:00

Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.

We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.

Learn more about how to protect yourself at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Who is at risk of developing severe illness?2020-04-20T16:36:24+00:00

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes)  appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:36:55+00:00

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?2020-04-20T16:38:09+00:00

While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings are available.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?2020-04-20T17:30:51+00:00

Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. (See Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus).

Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?2020-04-20T17:31:17+00:00

No. The virus that causes COVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different.

SARS was more deadly but much less infectious than COVID-19. There have been no outbreaks of SARS anywhere in the world since 2003.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?2020-04-20T17:32:28+00:00

Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.

WHO advises rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and mis-use of masks  (see Advice on the use of masks).

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information.

How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask?2020-04-20T17:39:53+00:00
  1. Remember, a mask should only be used by health workers, care takers, and individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as fever and cough.
  2. Before touching the mask, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  3. Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes.
  4. Orient which side is the top side (where the metal strip is).
  5. Ensure the proper side of the mask faces outwards (the coloured side).
  6. Place the mask to your face. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask so it moulds to the shape of your nose.
  7. Pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers your mouth and your chin.
  8. After use, take off the mask; remove the elastic loops from behind the ears while keeping the mask away from your face and clothes, to avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces of the mask.
  9. Discard the mask in a closed bin immediately after use.
  10. Perform hand hygiene after touching or discarding the mask – Use alcohol-based hand rub or, if visibly soiled, wash your hands with soap and water.
How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?2020-04-20T17:40:23+00:00

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.

Can humans become infected with the COVID-19 from an animal source?2020-04-20T17:49:07+00:00

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals. Occasionally, people get infected with these viruses which may then spread to other people. For example, SARS-CoV was associated with civet cats and MERS-CoV is transmitted by dromedary camels. Possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed.

To protect yourself, such as when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care to avoid contamination of uncooked foods and avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products.

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?2020-04-20T17:49:34+00:00
  • We are aware of instances of animals and pets of COVID-19 patients being infected with the disease;
  • As the intergovernmental body responsible for improving animal health worldwide, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been developing technical guidance on specialised topics related to animal health, dedicated to veterinary services and technical experts (including on testing and quarantine);
  • There is a possibility for some animals to become infected through close contact with infected humans. Further evidence is needed to understand if animals and pets can spread the disease;
  • Based on current evidence, human to human transmission remains the main driver;
  • It is still too early to say whether cats could be the intermediate host in the transmission of the COVID-19.
How long does the virus survive on surfaces?2020-04-20T17:53:44+00:00

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?2020-04-20T17:57:10+00:00

Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

Is there anything I should not do?2020-04-20T18:03:55+00:00

The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:

  • Smoking
  • Wearing multiple masks
  • Taking antibiotics (See question 10 “Are there any medicines of therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?“)

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.

Is the source of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 known?2020-04-20T18:05:07+00:00

Currently, the source of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus (CoV) causing COVID-19 is unknown. All available evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has a natural animal origin and is not a constructed virus. SARS-CoV-2 virus most probably has its ecological reservoir in bats. SARS-CoV-2, belongs to a group of genetically related viruses, which also include SARS-CoV and a number of other CoVs isolated from bats populations. MERS-CoV also belongs to this group, but is less closely related.

How did the first human SARS-CoV-2 infections occur?2020-04-20T18:05:30+00:00

The first human cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. At this stage, it is not possible to determine precisely how humans in China were initially infected with SARS-CoV-2.

However, SARS-CoV, the virus which caused the SARS outbreak in 2003, jumped from an animal reservoir (civet cats, a farmed wild animal) to humans and then spread between humans. In a similar way, it is thought that SARS-CoV-2 jumped the species barrier and initially infected humans, but more likely through an intermediate host, that is another animal species more likely to be handled by humans – this could be a domestic animal, a wild animal, or a domesticated wild animal and, as of yet, has not been identified.

Until the source of this virus is identified and controlled, there is a risk of reintroduction of the virus in the human population and the risk of new outbreaks like the ones we are currently experiencing.

Can COVID-19 be spread through coins and banknotes?2020-04-20T18:05:54+00:00

There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through coins or banknotes. However, respiratory droplets expelled from an infected person can contaminate and persist on surfaces. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly after touching any frequently-touched surface or object, including coins or banknotes. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, if your hands are not cleaned.

How can I grocery shop safely in the time of COVID-19?2020-04-20T18:06:16+00:00

When grocery shopping, keep at least 1-metre distance from others and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If possible, sanitize the handles of shopping trolleys or baskets before shopping. Once home, wash your hands thoroughly and also after handling and storing your purchased products. There is currently no confirmed case of COVID-19 transmitted through food or food packaging.

How to wash fruits and vegetables in the time of COVID-19?2020-04-20T18:06:36+00:00

Fruits and vegetables are essential components of a healthy diet. Wash them the same way you would in any other circumstance. Before handling them, wash your hands with soap and water. Then, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with clean water, especially if you eat them raw.

Is COVID-19 airborne?2020-04-20T18:06:57+00:00

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. 

You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.