I. Exposing yourself to the sun or temperatures higher than 250C DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with warm weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
II.You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.
Most of the people who catch COVID-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies. If you catch the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms. If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call your health facility by telephone first. Most patients recover owing to supportive care.
III.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.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia. The best way to confirm if you have the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test. You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.
IV.Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous.
Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems.
V.COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this, you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
VI.Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill new coronavirus or other diseases. The average human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
VII.Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease.
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your average body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this, you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
VIII.The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
To date, there has been neither any information nor any evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus 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. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
IX.Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the coronaviruses. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
X.Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands, or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation, and even lead to skin cancer.
XI.How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever, that is, have a higher than normal body temperature, because of infection with the new coronavirus.However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with a fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 14 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
XII.Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?
No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes, that is, eyes, mouth, etc. Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
XIII.Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not protect against the new coronavirus.The virus is unique and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.
XIV.Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, periodically rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
XV.Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
XVI.Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?
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, and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. It is advisable for people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the infection, for example, by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.
XVII.Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
XVIII.Non-vegetarian food consumption can lead to infection.
Now, it has been established that the novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV) originated from an animal (in Wuhan city, China)and transmitted to human beings. However, no known animal species have been known to carry this virus as of yet. Health professionals have advisedpeople not to believe unauthenticated information and eat non-vegetarian food as long as they are cookedwith utmost care for hygiene.
XIX.Donating blood can result in COVID-19 infection.
This is untrue. One should not donate blood at a time like this unless and until one is absolutely sure that he/she is not infected.