Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?

Both, COVID-19 and Sars infections are caused by coronaviruses, just like many other flus and influenzas. 

Is coronavirus a bacteria or a virus?

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. 

Is there a Cure for COVID-19?

Currently there are no FDA-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of COVID-19. Researchers are studying new drugs, and drugs that are already approved for other health conditions, as possible treatments for COVID-19.

How Does the Virus Spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Is Hand Sanitizer Effective Against COVID-19?

No. The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to frequently wash your hands with water and soap. 

What is Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What Are Antibodies?

Antibodies or imunoglobulin are cells that our body produces soon after it gets attacked by foreign pathogens caused by viruses.

What Are Antibody Tests?

Antibody or serology tests are blood sample tests that help detecting antibodies to a certain virus in our blood. 

Why is Antibody Testing Important?

Antibody testing could be the key to determining how widespread COVID-19 is, which will help identify who might now be immune to novel SARS coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, because they have already had it, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not.

Does a Positive Antibody Test Result Mean I am immune?

A positive antibody test result means that you have developed antibodies to the virus, but it is still unknown if that immunity is long-lasting and if it can prevent you from a possible second infection. 

What is the Source of the Virus?

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and may different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. 

Can Antibody Tests Be Used for COVID-19 Diagnosis?

The terms “serological” or “antibody” tests are generally used to refer to tests that detect antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Because the antibodies are part of the body’s immune response to exposure and not the virus itself, such testing cannot be used for diagnosis of infection.