4 Commonly Asked Questions About COVID-19

by Kroger Health Staff

Last Updated: February 3, 2021

COVID-19 has impacted most areas of our lives, and many of us still have questions about it. Here are some of the common questions we hear in our clinics:

Q: What is the difference between the coronavirus and COVID-19?

A: Coronavirus is the name of a family of viruses that usually cause mild to moderate symptoms. The common cold is a coronavirus. The virus responsible for the COVID-19 global pandemic is in the coronavirus family and was referred to as the “novel coronavirus” because it was a pathogen that was previously unidentified. It is now called SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Q: Should I wear disposable gloves in addition to a mask?

A: The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other viruses and germs is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. You should wear gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your home or caring for someone who is sick. Wearing disposable gloves when using a shopping cart or ATM will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19 and may still lead to the disease’s spread. For more information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance on wearing gloves.

Q: Can I give COVID-19 to my pet, or can my pet give it to me?

A: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, originally came from an animal. While little is currently known about pets and COVID-19, there is no evidence that animals play a major role in spreading the virus. It appears it can spread from people to animals in some situations. Several lions and tigers in zoos and a small number of pet cats and dogs have reportedly had COVID-19. If you have COVID-19, your quarantine should include separating yourself from any animals, including household pets. More information can be found at CDC website.

Q: When can I get the vaccine?

A: Each state will choose where the vaccines will be distributed, but most states are expected to follow FDA recommendations to administer the vaccine to health care workers and nursing homes first. After critical workers and the elderly are vaccinated, it is less clear which groups will be next in line.

Healthy adults under the age of 65 and children should plan to wait. No one knows exactly how long it will take to provide two doses of the vaccine to 328 million Americans. It is expected to take well into 2021. Keep checking back on krogerhealth.com for the latest updates.

Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of its publication. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-evolving. We are working to keep our stories up-to-date as changes occur, but we also encourage everyone to check news and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and their local authorities.