Some Myths on Covid 19 – Corona Virus

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According to the Independent Newspaper UK, there is need to bust some of the myths going around with the current situation of Corona Virus pandemic. Here below are some of them:

Can Covid-19 be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates?

Current evidence shows Covid-19 can be transmitted in all areas, including areas with hot and humid weather, and protective measures need to be adopted in any area reporting the virus, regardless of climate.

There is no reason to believe cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases, as the normal human body temperature remains around 36.5 to 37C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.

Taking a hot bath will also not prevent you from catching Covid-19, and taking a bath with extremely hot water can also be harmful as it can burn you.

Can Covid-19 be transmitted through mosquito bites?

There has been no information or evidence to date to suggest that the new coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes.

Covid-19 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.

Should I spray alcohol or chlorine on myself to kill Covid-19?

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body and spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes, such as your eyes and mouth.

Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful for disinfecting surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

Similarly, there is also no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline can protect people from infection by the new coronavirus.

Will a pneumonia vaccine protect me against the virus?

Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against Covid-19.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine, which researchers are currently working on trying to develop.

Although these vaccines are not effective against Covid-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

What about antibiotics?

Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria, and should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment for Covid-19 – which is a virus.

However, if someone is hospitalised for the new coronavirus, they may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.