COVID-19 Information Center

World Health Orgainization (WHO) Frequently Asked Questions
Published: March 18, 2020
Teri Ann Oursler, DVM

The World Health Orgainzation (WHO) is regularly updating their WHO COVID-19 Q&A website as the information is changing almost on a daily basis.  Rather than take the chance of disseminating out-of-date information, this is a compilation of some of the questions answered by WHO.

  • What is a coronavirus?
  • What is COVID-19?
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • How does COVID-19 spread?
  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
  • How likely am I to catch COVID-19?
  • Should I worry about COVID-19?
  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?
  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?
  • Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?
  • Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
  • Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?
  • Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
  • How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask?
  • How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
  • Can humans become infected with the COVID-19 from an animal source?
  • Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
  • Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?
  • Is there anything I should not do?