World Health Organisation advice: Coronavirus myths busted

Includes verifiable information from the most authoritative source:

  • COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

  • Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.

  • Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

  • The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

  • 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 effective in detecting people who have developed a fever BUT they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body Vaccines against pneumonia 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 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. The new coronavirus is a virus and antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible. There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus

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