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| Last Updated:: 02/03/2020

COVID-19: MYTHS AND FACTS

 COVID-19: MYTHS AND FACTS

 

Myth: COVID-19 is a bigger risk to our health than the flu.

Fact:  Influenza (also known as the flu), is currently having a much bigger impact on the United States than COVID-19. So far this season, 22 million people have been affected by it and over 15,000 have died from the flu. It is expected that flu transmission will continue until mid-March.

 

Myth: It’s not safe to eat Chinese food.

Fact: It is safe to eat Chinese food. This is not affected by COVID-19.

 

Myth: Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

Fact: No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect cleaning hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

 

Myth: How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Fact: Thermal scanners detect people with fever because of infection with the new coronavirus.

 

Myth: Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

Fact: No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.

 

Myth: Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?

Fact: Yes, it is safe. From previous analysis shows that corona viruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.

 

Myth: A face mask will protect you from COVID-19?

Fact: Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators can protect, Wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not clear.

 

Myth:  Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

Fact: To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent COVID-19.

 

Myth: Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Fact: At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.

 

Myth: Using a saline rinse frequently for your nose will help prevent infection.

Fact: No, there’s no evidence that regularly using a saline rinse will prevent infection with COVID-19.

 

Myth: COVID-19 only infects the old or the young.

Fact: People of all ages can be infected with COVID-19. Older individuals and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be more vulnerable to this virus.

 

Myth: Antibiotics can prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

Fact: Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections — not viruses like corona virus.

 

Source:

 

https://www.who.int/

 

https://www.wakehealth.edu/Stories/Coronavirus