University of Maryland Medical Center understands that you may have many questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to prevent the spread of the virus. Our experts have answers.

In addition to answers to these general questions about coronavirus, our experts discuss specific conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as give information for parents who are trying to protect kids during the coronavirus crisis.

Will the warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?

At this time, we do not know if weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19.

For example, the virus that causes the common cold is more prevalent in the colder months. But during other times of the year, you can still become sick with a cold.

Investigation is ongoing to learn more about how COVID-19 is transmitted.

Are there vitamins or supplements that could help keep me and my family from getting sick?

Unfortunately, there are no vitamins or supplements currently available to keep me from getting sick. Good hand hygiene and social distancing are the best practices at this time to keep you healthy.

I don't have any pre-existing health conditions. What should I have at home in case I develop the virus?

Usually when you have a respiratory or flu-like illness, it is good to have plenty of clear fluids on hand. Clear fluids are water-based, like tea, apple or cranberry juice, electrolyte/sports drinks, or clear broths. It is also important to have any prescription medications you may need at home.

Learn more about treating mild coronavirus at home.

Does the flu shot protect from COVID19?

No, the flu shot is for influenza. Researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine quickly that will provide protection to COVID-19.

If I get COVID19 once, can I get it again?

At this time, it is not known if you can get COVID-19 again. Usually, after an infection, your body develops antibodies. These antibodies "remember" a virus if you encounter it a second time and usually provide some type of protection.

This is such a new virus that we don't know what will happen over time. Researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine quickly that will provide protection to COVID-19.

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