COVID-19: WHO's advice for the public - Myth busters

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Myth 1: COVID-19 virus CANNOT be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

Fact:  COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS

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From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. 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.

 

Myth 2: Cold weather and snow CAN kill COVID-19

Fact: Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill COVID-19.

Myth 2: Cold weather and snow can kill COVID-19

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

 

Myth 3: Taking a hot bath does prevent COVID-19

Fact: Taking a hot bath does NOTprevent COVID-19.

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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. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. 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 coud occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

 

Myth 4: The new coronavirus CAN be transmitted through mosquito bites.

Fact: The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

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To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

 

Myth 5: Hand dryers are effective in killing COVID - 19.

Fact: Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing COVID-19

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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.

 

Myth 6: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will kill COVID - 19

Fact: NO.

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Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

 

Myth 7: Pets at home spread COVID-19

FACT: NO evidence

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At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

 

Myth 8: Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against COVID 19.

Fact: NO

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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.

 

Myth 9: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with COVID 19?

Fact: NO.

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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.

 

Myth 10: Eating garlic help prevent infection COVID-19

Fact: NO Evidence.

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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.

 

Myth 11: Older people, or are younger people more susceptible.

Fact: People of all ages can be infected by COVID 19

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However, 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.

 

Myth 12: Antibiotics effective are in preventing and treating COVID-19.

Fact: NO, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

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COVID-19 is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

 

Myth 13:There are specific medicines to prevent or treat COVID-19?

Fact: To date, there is NO specific medicine.

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To date, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.

 

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