World Health Organization Answers Most Common COVID-19 Questions Asked on Twitter

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India, April 14, 2020: As the global community combats the COVID-19 pandemic together, Twitter is helping people find reliable information, connect, and follow what’s happening in real-time. The service has open lines of communication with the World Health Organization (@WHO), and other relevant authorities, to ensure access to credible information is available to the public-at-large.

In fact over the past few weeks, more than six million questions were tweeted about coronavirus/COVID-19. To ensure the public has access to credible information, Twitter recently collaborated with the World Health Organization (@WHO) for a Q&A covering the most commonly asked questions about this global health emergency. 

Here are some of the questions with responses as Tweeted by the World Health Organization (@WHO):

Can young people get infected?

People of all ages can be infected, get sick and transmit the #coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill. We are all at risk so we all have a part to play.

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How is#COVID19 treated?

To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicines against #COVID19. However, some people with a serious illness may need to be hospitalized to receive life-saving treatment such as oxygen. Most patients recover thanks to such care.

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Can you still have#COVID19 if you don’t have symptoms?

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms. Most people (about 80 per cent) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment.

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Is it ok to exercise outside?

We recommend 30 minutes of activity a day for adults and one hour a day for children. If your local guidelines allow it, go outside for a walk, run, or bike ride and keep a safe distance from others. If you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance, or do some yoga.

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What supplies should everyone have on hand if areas go into lockdown?

Store supplies of water and food you need, and check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home. Do not hoard or stockpile. Be kind and think of others.

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Will#COVID19 die down during the warmer months?

You can catch #COVID19 no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

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Can normal laundry washing get rid of#COVID19?

Yes. Do the laundry as you normally would with detergent or soap and preferably hot water. #COVID19

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Are face masks effective?

Face masks alone cannot protect you from #COVID19. Their use should always be combined with other protective measures, including staying at least 1m (3 feet) away from others and frequent hand-washing. https://bit.ly/3c4ku4h

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When should we expect a vaccine?

It usually takes several years to develop a vaccine. The first #COVID19 vaccine trial began just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was published.

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For the latest information, follow the@WHO on Twitter and this list of official local health organizations around the world.

In India, Twitter is working with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (@MoHFW_INDIA), various State Governments to upskill various departments on COVID response management. The service has also supported and enabled the government of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh to set-up dedicated COVID-Response accounts.

Follow them here: DIPR Karnataka, Maharashtra  Control room, Jharkhand COVID HelplineUP Covid helpline.