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Five myths about coronavirus – busted!

Monday 23 Mar 2020

There's no shortage of misleading advice and incorrect information about Coronavirus. We debunk five of the most popular myths.

1

Coronavirus only affects older people – FALSE!

People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions seem 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 and respiratory hygiene.

2

Eating garlic helps prevent infection with the new coronavirus – FALSE!

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.

3

The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites – FALSE!

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.

4

Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus disease – FALSE!

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains the same, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. A hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.

5

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills the new coronavirus – FALSE!

No. 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.

TRUE! The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is:

  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Practise respiratory hygiene
  • Maintain social distancing

(Source: WHO)