Coronavirus Disease



What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

If you think you or someone you know might be sick, visit these pages to learn more about what you can do:

Symptoms & Testing What to do if you are sick

Questions & Answers

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 No. There is currently no evidence to support the use of herbal teas or herbal supplements to prevent or cure COVID-19.  

No. There is no evidence that adding hot peppers to your food can prevent or cure COVID-19.

When grocery shopping, keep at least 1-metre distance from others and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If possible, sanitize the handles of shopping trolleys or baskets before shopping. Once home, wash your hands thoroughly and also after handling and storing your purchased products.

There is currently no confirmed case of COVID-19 transmitted through food or food packaging.

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. In hospitals physicians will sometimes use antibiotics to prevent or treat secondary bacterial infections which can be a complication of COVID-19 in severely ill patients. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

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