Coronavirus(COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions

When To Get Vaccinated After Having COVID 19?

The answer to this question is not very specific, this is because after having COVID-19, antibodies start to develop in the body, but how much time they will remain in the body is not definite as it depends on person to person.

In a young person with no health complications, the antibodies may remain in the body for 5-8 weeks, while in the case of older adults (where the rate of formation of new cells is low), the antibodies may remain in the body for 3-4 weeks. 

Therefore, there is no definite answer to this question.

Still, in general, the CDC advises in such situations to wait for at least 90 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether you have taken the first dose or not.

Is It Important To Get Quarantined Just After Taking A Vaccine?

It is not necessary to quarantine yourself just after taking the vaccine, but there are some common side effects of taking the vaccine, such as fever, mild rashes, headache, or body pain.

Only if you start experiencing these severely, do you need to quarantine yourself, but if you don’t have any side effects, that’s also normal you do not need to quarantine yourself.

Remember, only if you experience any side effects after taking the vaccine do you need to quarantine yourself until you recover, else you don’t need to isolate yourself.

Secondly, this doesn’t mean once you get vaccinated, you don’t need to quarantine yourself ever in your life; this is not true.

Even though you are partially or fully vaccinated and start experiencing the COVID-19 symptoms, you need to isolate yourself until it gets treated.

NOTE: Every person who experiences COVID-19 symptoms needs to quarantine himself/herself, irrespective of vaccination status. Even though you are fully or partially vaccinated, you need to quarantine yourself. 

Is It Bad If You Don’t Have Vaccine Side Effects?

COVID-19 vaccination helps in protecting people from getting infected with coronavirus by developing immunity. The vaccine takes two weeks to develop immunity against the virus.

After getting the jab, you may or may not experience its side effects. Having no side effects after taking the vaccine doesn’t mean the vaccine is not working.

The side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine vary from person to person and may affect the ability to do daily activities. You can also cross-check this information from the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention.

Are The Side Effects From The COVID-19 Vaccine Contagious?

The side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccine side effect do not indicate an infection or contagiousness. Experiencing side effects after getting vaccinated does not mean you have the virus or that you could spread it to others.

But, in case the side effects remain for more than 72 hours after getting vaccinated, consult with the doctor immediately. You may have to take the COVID-19 test.

In such cases, there are chances that you may get infected because the vaccine takes two weeks to develop immunity, in between this time frame, the risk of getting infection remains the same as a person without a vaccine.

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Is It Possible To Achieve Immunity Without A Vaccine For COVID-19?

Yes, it is possible to achieve immunity without getting a vaccine, but not for a long period of time.

People who got infected with COVID-19 develop some amount of immunity, so it is recommended to take a break of a few days after getting infected with COVID-19 for the next vaccination.

As we are not sure about the time frame of the immunity of every individual, it is not possible to achieve immunity without getting vaccinated for a long period of time, says the CDC.

From a general certified vaccine point of view, a vaccine takes a lot of time to develop and come into use, but in the coronavirus case, the vaccine was developed in a year.

Therefore, there are a lot of misunderstandings about taking the vaccine; clear all your doubts here.  

What Is The Average Recovery Time For COVID-19?

As per the initial research, the recovery time frame for mild coronavirus infection was estimated at 2 weeks, and for severe infection, it may take 6 weeks.

But as per the new research, the data shows the recovery period from coronavirus varies with cases as it depends on the severity of the infection, age of an individual, and overall health. 

Can I Still Have Sex During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

As per the Mayo Clinic, all close contact that is within 6 feet or 2 meters with a COVID infected person can expose you to the coronavirus and can make you COVID positive whether you’re engaged in sexual activity or not.

The virus spreads through respiratory droplets while coughing, sneezing, or even talking; while having sex, it’s pretty much sure the risk of spreading respiratory droplets becomes obvious.

Sexual intercourse is also a medium for spreading respiratory droplets, and thus the risk of spreading the virus increases.

However, there is no harm in having sexual intercourse until both of them are negative. But if either of the partners is positive or a carrier of the coronavirus, in that case, both will be positive. 

The rate of recovery of both partners may decrease if both are positive and indulge in sexual intercourse. This is because the chance of spreading the respiratory droplets increases, consequently raising the risk of spreading the virus.

Also Read: Double Masking Can Better Protect You Against The Lethal COVID-19 Virus Variants

Can The COVID-19 Be Transmitted By Urine Or Feces?

The possible mode of transmission of COVID-19 includes: 

  • contact and droplet transmission
  • Airborne transmission
  • Fomite transmission
  • Other modes of transmission, such as urine and feces.

One study found SARS-CoV-2 in the urine of one patient, says the WHO. But there is no published reports of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through feces or urine. 

Does Cooking Kill The Coronavirus?

In the list of the modes of transmission of the coronavirus, food is not yet mentioned.

As of today, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Provided you wash your hands before touching any food item, keep raw meat separately, refrigerate perishable foods, and cook meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs.


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.