We gathered some of your most frequently asked questions, and we are updating this article regularly with new information.
With coronavirus spreading throughout the globe and the number of infections with COVID-19 climbing in the United States, fear may be spreading faster than the virus itself.
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The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus discovered in China that causes a disease called COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Evidence suggests it is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said as much as a quarter of infections are passed through what's known as asymptomatic transmission, by talking or breathing.
Infectious disease experts say it's unlikely it would be transmitted through food, cuts or toilet spray.
NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres explained that roughly half of people who have coronavirus show symptoms in about five days. By 12 days, nearly everyone infected will show symptoms.
COVID-19 seems to be hitting men harder than women and affecting black Americans disproportionately. Here's more information on when to contact your doctor and whether coronavirus is worse than the flu.
Because of growing evidence of asymptomatic transmission, guidance has changed about face masks. The CDC now recommends wearing a nonmedical, cloth face covering when out in public. Public health experts have asked civilians not to buy medical-grade masks so that there are enough for public health workers who do need masks. Children should wear masks, too.
Although face masks may be in short supply, you can buy face masks through several online sellers. You can also make one yourself. Here's how to make a face mask, whether or not you have sewing supplies. And here is how to keep your face mask clean.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first celebrities who tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, public figures including Prince Charles, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Pink, Bravo's Andy Cohen, basketball player Kevin Durant and "Bachelor" Colton Underwood have tested positive. Harvey Weinstein tested positive for the virus in prison. The playwright Terrence McNally, chef Floyd Cardoz and singer-songwriter John Prine are among celebrities who died after contracting COVID-19.
There is no evidence the virus can be transmitted through food, but there are ways to stay safe if you're ordering takeout.
NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres answered this one on TODAY: "It doesn't look like it," he said. "It looks like once you get it, your body develops immunity to it and you get antibodies and you can't get it again. We don't know how long that protection lasts, though. Maybe a year or longer."
First, don't panic. Start by calling your doctor.
There is not yet any antiviral medication or vaccine to stop coronavirus. Patients receive supportive care to breathe easier and help their bodies fight the disease. Some experts have suggested a breathing exercise that could help.
Most people infected with COVID-19 will be asked to recover at home. Here's how to stay healthy while caring for someone with the infection. NBC's Kate Snow has shared her story of caring for her sick husband.
Consider donating to a number of charities that are helping. You can support local businesses by buying gift cards or ordering online, and pay people whose services you're unable to use during this time, like a housekeeper or hairdresser. Here are a few ways to help health care workers.
Here's how to differentiate the symptoms of spring allergies from symptoms of coronavirus. The telltale signs are fever and shortness of breath.
The swab test is quick but can be "moderately uncomfortable," doctors say.
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor or use telemedicine before leaving the house.
Anxiety can actually make it more likely for you to become ill. Here are some tips for mental health and how to help anxious kids. Experts also shared practical tips for avoiding going stir crazy. You might consider stress baking and other activities to fill the time. Here's how to find mental health resources during the pandemic.
Torres said experts are crossing their fingers that will happen, but it's still too early to tell. Some research presented to the White House suggests that is unlikely.
"A this stage since it's so novel, it hasn't gotten through a season, so we can't tell," Torres explained.
No. It's among the myths about coronavirus that have been spreading that experts call "ignorant at best."
That's a theory put forward by the French health minister, but it's unproven. If you're concerned, use acetaminophen.
President Trump has been touting hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that has not been proven to help COVID-19. Dr. Torres says the drug has the potential to kill, and we need more clinical trials to see if the treatment would work and not cause more harm than good.
In these situations, the highest priority is to “make sure the baby doesn’t have it and make sure the mother recovers from it,” Torres explained.
Soap and water may be the best protection you've got. Here's how to wash your hands to protect against coronavirus, and these are the best hand sanitizers to buy. Any soap that gets a good lather will work.
Experts say making your own hand sanitizer may not be wise.
It depends on the surface, but here's more information and how to clean everything.
Here's how to keep your wardrobe clean and disinfected.
Though it's not a primary area of concern, the best protection is to wash your hair.
Here's how to clean surfaces to kill coronavirus. Don't forget to clean your phone!
One study found people touch their faces as often as 23 times an hour. Here's how to stop.
Doctors warn that disposable gloves are not a solution to stopping the spread of the virus.
Here are all of your coronavirus travel questions answered. Plus, check out this list of U.S. airlines' cancellation and fee waiver policies and cruise cancellation policies.
As some restaurants reopen, experts explain the relative risks.
As restaurants and bars close across the country due to the coronavirus, here's what you need to know about staying safe and supporting local business.
Some USPS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The new coronavirus could be detected for up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, a recent study found. Researchers didn’t examine how long the bug stayed active on paper. Read more here. Cardboard boxes have been another area of concern; experts suggest leaving packages outside for 24 hours if possible.
No. It's among the COVID-19 scams officials are warning about. The FDA warns that silver solution, or colloidal silver, cannot cure anything and may even damage your health. Televangelist Jim Bakker was among those warned not to sell the solution.
Calm their fears and use it as an opportunity to build media literacy skills.
"The biggest concern is the ventilators we have out here," explained Torres. "It is a respiratory virus, so if people get to the stage where they need ventilator support because they're not breathing very well — a recent study a few years ago said there are only 62,000 ventilators in this country."
That may not be enough if hundreds of thousands of people become ill, though Torres noted companies may begin to produce more ventilators if it looks like that may happen.
"Shelter-in-place (order) is not something that's used very often," said Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security senior scholar Crystal Watson, who works on public health preparedness. Here's more about what the order might mean.
The direct payments to many Americans will be means tested based on their income. Find out if you are eligible and when they will arrive.
The IRS has relieved more information on how to get a stimulus check asap.
Here's how to file for unemployment and more information on assistance to those who have lost work.
Millions of Americans will soon run out of cash. Here's what to do about bills you can't pay.
Worried about your taxes, bank account or 401(k)? Here's what you need to know about that and other financial questions.
COVID-19 has pressed pause on the Summer Olympics, Comic-Con, Taylor Swift's tour and more. Here's a list of events canceled due to coronavirus.