Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on February 3, 2022

We are drawing this information from the websites of a variety of trustworthy organizations (e.g. World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (MoHFW) Government of India, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Cleveland Clinic among others). Some of this language is used word for word, and other language is paraphrased. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of these organizations in compiling this information.

Important terms:

WHO: World Health Organization

CDC: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19: COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that has not previously been seen in humans. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract (sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx and larynx) illnesses. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’  ‘D’ for ‘disease’ and ‘19’ for ‘2019.’

Getting a vaccine- eligibility, vaccine timing, and doses

Getting a vaccine- during and after your appointment

Vaccine Safety

Vaccine Basics-vaccine development and how they work

How to Protect Myself and My Family from COVID-19

Symptoms, Testing and Treatment of COVID-19

Higher Risk

How COVID-19 Spreads

Mental Health and Well-Being

Please follow the links below for more information:

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Indian Council of Medical Research

World Health Organization (WHO) FAQs

CDC Symptom Description and Symptom Checker


CDC How it Spreads

CDC Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Boston Public Health Commission

Cleveland Clinic

This material was curated by Viswanath Lab of Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) with the help of the Health Communication Core  of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). These are  not the official views of Harvard Chan  or DFCI. For any questions, comments or suggestions reach out to