World Health Organisation advice: Coronavirus myths busted

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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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