FAQS about the COVID-19

Below are fact about the COVID-19:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an 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?

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 diarrhoea. 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 get 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?

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.

Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?

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 temperatures is also low.


What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

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 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 the 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 the 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 the spread of viruses and other infections.

Countries, areas or territories with cases

China :80981 cases

Italy :12462 cases

Iran (Islamic Republic of) :9000 cases

Republic of Korea :7983 cases

France :2281 cases

Spain :2140 cases

Germany :1567 cases

United States of America :987 cases

Switzerland :815 cases

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) :696 cases

Japan :620 cases

Denmark :615 cases

Netherlands :503 cases

Sweden :461 cases

United Kingdom :373 cases

Belgium :314 cases

Austria :302 cases

Norway :277 cases

Qatar :262 cases

Bahrain :195 cases

Singapore :187 cases

Malaysia :129 cases

Australia :122 cases

Greece :98 cases

Czech Republic :94 cases

Canada :93 cases

Kuwait :80 cases

Israel :75 cases

India :74 cases

United Arab Emirates :74 cases

Iraq :70 cases

Thailand :70 cases

Egypt :67 cases

Lebanon :66 cases

San Marino :63 cases

Iceland :61 cases

Slovenia :57 cases

Brazil :52 cases

Philippines :52 cases

Romania :48 cases

Poland :44 cases

Ireland :43 cases

Portugal :41 cases

Finland :40 cases

Viet Nam :39 cases

Indonesia :34 cases

Occupied Palestinian territory :31 cases

Algeria :25 cases

Albania :23 cases

Chile :23 cases

Georgia :23 cases

Saudi Arabia :21 cases

Russian Federation :20 cases

Argentina :19 cases

Pakistan :19 cases

Serbia :19 cases

Oman :18 cases

Ecuador :17 cases

Luxembourg :17 cases

Peru :17 cases

Croatia :16 cases

Latvia :16 cases

Costa Rica :13 cases

Estonia :13 cases

Hungary :13 cases

South Africa :13 cases

Belarus :12 cases

Brunei Darussalam :12 cases

Azerbaijan :11 cases

Mexico :11 cases

Panama :10 cases

Colombia :9 cases

Maldives :8 cases

Afghanistan :7 cases

Bulgaria :7 cases

North Macedonia :7 cases

Slovakia :7 cases

Malta :6 cases

Tunisia :6 cases

Cambodia :5 cases

Dominican Republic :5 cases

French Guiana :5 cases

Morocco :5 cases

New Zealand :5 cases

Paraguay :5 cases

Bosnia and Herzegovina :4 cases

Liechtenstein :4 cases

Republic of Moldova :4 cases

Senegal :4 cases

Bangladesh :3 cases

Lithuania :3 cases

Martinique :3 cases

Sri Lanka :3 cases

Cameroon :2 cases

Faroe Islands :2 cases

Nigeria :2 cases

Saint Martin :2 cases

Cyprus :2 cases

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) :2 cases

Burkina Faso :2 cases

Honduras :2 cases

Andorra :1 cases

Armenia :1 cases

Bhutan :1 cases

Gibraltar :1 cases

Holy See :1 cases

Jordan :1 cases

Monaco :1 cases

Nepal :1 cases

Saint Barthelemy :1 cases

Togo :1 cases

Ukraine :1 cases

Guernsey :1 cases

Mongolia :1 cases

Jamaica :1 cases

Democratic Republic of the Congo :1 cases

Turkey :1 cases

Cote d Ivoire :1 cases

French Polynesia :1 cases