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Top Questions & Confusion on Coronavirus Answered - Part 1

Top Questions & Confusion on Coronavirus Answered - Part 1

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus there has been a lot of information and a lot of misinformation too. We are all parts of multiple Whatsapp groups and tend to share information with each other. Though we do that out of the goodness of our hearts, sometimes it can lead to confusion and panic. 


We at homeis are trying to bring to you information and updates that are a 100% verified. There are a lot of questions going on in our minds. And we’ll answer them as and when we come across such questions. 


How Do I stay Safe if I’m traveling on a plane


There are a lot of rumors that speak that there are chances of getting infected by the recirculated cabin air. The rumor is exactly what it is - rumor. 

You do not need to worry about cabin air. You just need to worry about keeping your hands clean. 

Airport handrails, door handles and airplane lavatory levers are notoriously dirty.It is OK to touch these things as long as you then wash or sanitize your hands before contaminating your face, touching or handling food.

Hand sanitizers are great. So are antiseptic hand wipes, which you can also use to wipe down armrests, remote controls at your seat and your tray table.


What exactly does older adults mean? What is the threshold?


According to the CDC. older adults and people with serious medical conditions have a higher risk of getting extremely sick from the virus. 

So, who are these older adults? Basically, anyone over the age of 60 with serious medical conditions or underlying health problems should avoid places with large gatherings. These places include, malls, movie halls, weddings, temples and other religious services. 

This also doesn’t mean that if you are 58 or 59 year old, you are safe. The basic idea is take more precautions. The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face to face contact with people.


But why is age 60 often used as a threshold for those who need to be extra cautious?


That's because the average age of people who need medical attention is age 60."


Should I avoid Chinese, Italian or Korean people?


The answer to this question is a resounding NO. Not the people nor the food. Let us not believe in such social stigmas and even be a novel citizen and stop such stigmas from spreading. This brings us to another question.


Can the virus spread through food?


Since the virus usually spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets, there is no evidence to suggest that the virus can spread through food. 

The virus has a poor survival rate on surfaces. Hence, the probability of it passing from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days at refrigerated or frozen temperatures is very very low. 


I have plans to go on a cruise. Should I rebook or cancel?


Let’s just say that you should avoid going on a cruise. According to the US State Department, if you have other underlying diseases, you should avoid going on a cruise. Several cruise ships have been linked to coronavirus, including the Diamond Princess, where more than 700 people were infected. At least seven of those patients have died.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started, some cruise lines have implemented more flexible rebooking or cancellation policies.


If I have a weakened immune system, should I cancel my travel plans?


Yes. People with a weak immune system are usually at a higher risk of contracting diseases generally than the ones with a better immune system. So, they are not just vulnerable to coronavirus, they are also vulnerable to a seasonal flu. 

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, those with weakened immune systems often suffered more severe complications when sickened while traveling.

"While rates of infection may not differ significantly between healthy and immunocompromised travelers, the latter are at greater risk for severe disease.


We'll collect more such questions and try to answer them over the next few days and weeks. Let's fight it together.

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