1. Can A Mask Protect You?
In short the answer is, no. Wearing a face mask does not fully protect you against the Coronavirus. The viral particles can travel through the mask and into your eyes. Although masks do help with limiting the transmission of the virus with proper hygiene, this does not fully stop the transmission of the virus. Proper handling of the mask is also necessary and can be viewed on the WHO website
2. Less Deadly Than The Flu
Although there is still a lot to learn about the virus, the chinese CDC suggests the mortality rate to be at 2.3%. 20x Higher than the Flu.
CDC estimates that influenza was responsible for 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season, with 35.5 Million illnesses. ww
Although most cases are mild and similar to the flu for a healthy adult, it can be severe for those with pre-existing health issues.
3. Pets Can Spread The Virus
Although in China a dog has reportedy contracted the virus from his owner, According to the South China Morning Post. it is not likely to travel from common domesticated pets to humans. There is no evidence to suggest people should worry.
However, it would be good practice to have someone care for your beloved animal if you are feeling unwell, and to maintain proper hygiene after snuggling with your fur-baby.
4. The Virus Is Man Made
There is no evidence to suggest this is the case. The similarities between COVID-19 and several virus outbreaks in the last two decades are believed to have come from disease-ridden animals, such as bats.
5. You’ll Know If You Have It
Knowledge on the virus still isn’t “fool-proof” for someone with mild symptoms you would still be highly-contagious. If there is a possibility you may have been exposed the best thing to do would be to contact a health professional and let them know your symptoms. Mild cases usually involve home-isolation.