14 Mar 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID19): MYTH BUSTERS by the World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO has delcared Coronavirus situation as pandemic now with 142320 confirmed cases,5388 loss of precious lives affecting 129 countries so far.As Coronavirus is spreading throughout the world,there are several myths also popping up across.

Below are the few myth busters from WHO (World Health Organization):

  •    There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. 
  •    Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. 
  •   The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases. If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  •    To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
  •     Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. 
  •    UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
  •     Thermal scanners are only 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.

  •    Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.
  •     At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.
  •    Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and  Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
  •     There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. 
  •   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.
  •    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.

  •    No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
  •    To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).



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