The World Health Organisation (WHO) talks about battling two pandemics: the COVID-19 virus AND an “infodemic” of myths, false facts and bad information. A Masked Hero fights back with the truth.
Here are some myth-busting facts about the COVID-19 pandemic:
FACT: While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19. The misuse of hydroxychloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop and evaluate medicines to treat COVID-19.
FACT: Coronavirus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. However, before preparing or eating food it is important to always rinse the food with water and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.
FACT: Chilli peppers in your food, though very tasty, cannot prevent or cure COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is to keep at least 1 metre away from others and to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. It is also beneficial for your general health to maintain a balanced diet, stay well hydrated, exercise regularly and sleep well.
FACT: To date, there is no evidence or information to suggest that the COVID-19 virus transmitted through houseflies or mosquitoes. COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. You can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. To protect yourself, clean your hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
FACT: These substances are poisonous if ingested. Drinking them can lead to disability and death. Bleach and disinfectant should be used carefully to disinfect surfaces only.
FACT: Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks.
FACT: You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is.
FACT: Most of the people who catch COVID-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies. If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call your health facility first to let them know of your symptoms and that you are on your way. Most patients recover with supportive care.
FACT: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
FACT: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with salt has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.
FACT: Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems, including heart disease and cancer.
FACT: There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.
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