Google’s top trending health questions about coronavirus

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Is There a Cure for Coronavirus? And More of Google’s Top Trending Health Questions About Coronavirus

Is There a Cure for Coronavirus? And More of Google’s Top Trending Health Questions About Coronavirus

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Google’s top trending health questions about coronavirus

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Throughout 2020, once-unfamiliar phrases like social distancing and emergency use authorization became more commonplace as people rushed to learn all they could about the novel coronavirus. As is often the case with questions pertaining to health, many took their questions to Google. Here are the 10 top trending COVID-related health questions of the year and their answers.

What is the coronavirus?

What is the coronavirus?

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Coronaviruses are a group of viruses named for their crown-like shape under a microscope. Since their discovery in humans during the mid-1960s, there have been seven human-infecting coronaviruses. SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, the most recent human coronavirus, emerged in China in December 2019.

How long does coronavirus last?

How long does coronavirus last?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, most people who become sick with COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks. However, loss of taste and smell can persist for weeks or even months after infection. A portion of infected people may also experience long-term effects, such as chest pain, joint pain, shortness of breath and other severe symptoms.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

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A wide range of symptoms are associated with COVID-19, many of which overlap with other illnesses like a common cold or flu. Potential symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell. Typically, these symptoms appear two days to two weeks after exposure to the virus.

How long does coronavirus live on surfaces?

How long does coronavirus live on surfaces?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronaviruses on surfaces naturally die out within hours to days. That process may also be sped up when the virus is exposed to sunlight or warm temperatures. Although touching surfaces is not considered one of the main sources of virus spread, hand-washing and frequent cleaning and disinfecting are still important preventive measures everyone should take.

How is coronavirus spread?

How is coronavirus spread?

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How does the coronavirus spread if not just by contaminated surfaces? The virus spreads mainly through small air droplets produced by infected people who cough, sneeze, talk or breathe. These droplets are inhaled by noninfected people through their noses and mouths and into their lungs and airways.

How long are you contagious with COVID-19?

How long are you contagious with COVID-19?

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Based on available data, patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 cases are infectious for no longer than 10 days after symptoms first appear. Others with more severe cases are contagious for up to 20 days after symptoms start. Regardless of severity, the CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine period.

Is diarrhea a symptom of COVID-19?

Is diarrhea a symptom of COVID-19?

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Yes, diarrhea is listed among potential coronavirus symptoms. In fact, many people with COVID-19 experience gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, sometimes before a fever and respiratory symptoms.

Is there a cure for coronavirus?

Is there a cure for coronavirus?

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As of December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration has approved one drug to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients: remdesivir, or Veklury. Two other investigational monoclonal antibodies have been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA in people with high risk of disease progression. These antibodies attach themselves to the virus and allow for the immune system to more easily recognize and respond to it.

Is coronavirus airborne?

Is coronavirus airborne?

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According to the CDC, COVID-19, like other respiratory viruses, typically spreads through respiratory droplets when people are in close proximity. Airborne COVID-19 transmission can happen in enclosed spaces, places with inadequate ventilation and whenever the time air particles are suspended in the air is prolonged, such as when people sing, shout or exercise.

Is sneezing a symptom of COVID-19?

Is sneezing a symptom of COVID-19?

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