Make sure you don’t fall for any of these common myths about the coronavirus (COVID-19)…
Growing alongside the increase in panic about COVID-19 are myths, misinformation and false news about the virus.
Here’s what the experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have to say about the following COVID-19 myths:
1. MYTH: COVID-19 can’t be transmitted in hot climates
The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.
Regardless of climate, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
2. MYTH: Taking hot baths can prevent COVID-19
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19 and extremely hot water can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.
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3. MYTH: Hand dryers kill COVID-19
No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.
To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
4. MYTH: A thermal scanner/thermometer can detect COVID-19
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus.
However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between two and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
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5. MYTH: Pneumonia protect you against COVID-19
Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.
Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
6. MYTH: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline prevents a COVID-19 infection
There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.
There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
7. MYTH: Eating garlic prevents COVID-19 infection
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
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8. MYTH: COVID-19 only affects older people
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.
Source: The World Health Organisation: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters