Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) advice for the public, Myth Busters all you want to know!
1.COVID-19 virus can be transmitted while hot and humid climate prevails:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that COVID-19 does not spread in hot and humid areas. From all the evidence, COVID-19 exists in ALL AREAS regardless of the climate. Without considering the climate, take precautions if you live in or are travelling to an affected area.
Snow and Cold weather cannot kill the virus
According to WHO, there is no reason to believe that snow and cold weather kills the new virus. Regardless of external temperature or weather, the normal human body temperature remains around 36.5 to 37 degree Celcius. The most effective way of precaution against the new virus is by frequently cleaning hands using alcohol-based hand rub. Another effective way is washing them with soap and water.
Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new Coronavirus
Taking a hot bath does not prevent someone from catching COVID-19. Regardless of the temperature of bath or shower, the body temperature remains around 36.5 to 37 degree Celcius. Taking a hot bath with extremely hot water is harmful. This is because it can burn someone. The best way to protect against COVID-19 is by frequent washing of hands. By doing this, the virus on your hand is eliminated. This could avoid infection that could happen by touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Mosquito bites CANNOT transmit the new Coronavirus
There has been no information to date that the new Coronavirus can be spread by mosquito bites. 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 yourselves, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and hands. Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Are hand dryers effecting in killing the virus
No, hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019 nCoV. tthe only way to protect yourself against this is by frequent washing of hands. Once hands are clean, drying using paper towels or a warm air dryer is necessary.
Can the new Coronavirus be killed by an ultraviolet disinfection lamp
UV lamps should not be used for this purpose. They should not be used to sterilize hands or other skin areas. This is because UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
Are thermal scanners effective in detecting the infected people
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature). That is a result of infection with the new coronavirus.
However, they cannot detect infected people that are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 to 10 days before infected people become sick and develop a fever.
Does spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new Coronavirus?
No, spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body does not kill the viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying of such substances can be harmful to clothes and mucous membranes like the eyes or mouth. Both alcohol and chlorine can be used to disinfect surfaces, however, they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
Do pneumonia vaccines protect you against Coronavirus?
No, vaccines against pneumonia, such as the pneumococcal vaccine and the Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
The virus is so new and different that it entirely needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against the 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.
Although these vaccines are not effective against the 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
Can regular rinsing of nose with saline help prevent infection with the new Coronavirus?
No, there is no evidence that the regular rinsing of the nose with saline has protected people from getting infected with the new coronavirus.
There is some limited evidence that the regular rinsing of nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to work towards the prevention of respiratory infections.
Does eating garlic help in preventing 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 this new coronavirus.
Does the new Coronavirus affect older people only? Or, are young people susceptible to it too?
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) seem to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
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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.
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