Who is at greatest risk of infection from COVID-19?
Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact (i.e., within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a patient with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of whether the patient has symptoms.
Should cancer surgery be delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), individual patients and their doctors should make decisions after weighing the harms of a delay. The CDC’s guidance for health care facilities suggests that “elective surgeries” at in-patient facilities be rescheduled if possible.
How long does COVID-19 remain in the air for?
Aerosols are emitted by a person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — when they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus. Aerosolized coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours.
Can I get COVID-19 again?
In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected. We are still learning more about COVID-19.
Which age groups are at higher risk for COVID-19?
Sample interpretation: Compared with 18- to 29-year-olds, the rate of death is four times higher in 30- to 39-year-olds, and 600 times higher in those who are 85 years and older.
What are some groups in higher risk of developing serious symptoms of COVID-19?
The risk of developing dangerous symptoms of COVID-19 may be increased in people who are older and also in people of any age who have other serious health problems — such as heart or lung conditions, weakened immune systems, obesity, or diabetes.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have recently had surgery?
If you have recently had surgery, been hospitalized, or had a procedure that required anesthesia, or if you have any of these events coming up, talk to your doctor about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide when to be vaccinated to make sure the benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks.
Is it safe for people with high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 to care for a COVID-19 patient?
The caregiver, when possible, should not be someone who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
How long does COVID-19 stay active at room temperature?
A study published in found that at room temperature, COVID-19 was detectable on fabric for up to two days, compared to seven days for plastic and metal.
How long do COVID-19 aerosols stay in the air?
A person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — may emit aerosols when they talk or breathe. Aerosols are infectious viral particles that can float or drift around in the air for up to three hours. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the coronavirus.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
Aerosols are emitted by a person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — when they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus. Aerosolized coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours. A mask can help prevent that spread.