Coronavirus (397) WHO myth-busters

10 April, 2020

WHO is at the forefront of providing reliable advice for the general public. Part of this is the section on myth-busting. Below are some examples. Read in full online:

5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.

Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.

Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

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 virus

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 that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus

Antibiotics do not work against viruses

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus [clinical trials are ongoing]

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children

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