Fact checking the Novel Coronavirus

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 12, 2020

Since the announcement of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19), there has been a lot of information circulating on social media.

It is crucial to know what is true and what are half-truths. To help you better understand and cut through the confusion, here are some common myths about preventative measures to take.

TRUE OR FALSE?

Swallowing or gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid, using essential oils or saltwater will prevent you from contracting the virus or.  FALSE

None of these suggestions can protect you from getting COVID-19, and some may be dangerous. The best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. And avoid contact with the persons who are sneezing or coughing.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over the body will protect you. FALSE

Spraying alcohol or chlorine will no kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying these liquids can be harmful to your mucous membranes – eyes and mouth.

Consuming a large amount of garlic in foods or beverage. FALSE

While garlic is a healthy food, no evidence from the current outbreak has proven that eating garlic protects you from COVID 19.

A face mask will protect you from COVID-19. FALSE

For the general public without respiratory illness, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended. Because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others.

Drinking lots of will flush the body of any symptoms of coronavirus. FALSE

There is no biological mechanism that supports the theory that you can just wash a respiratory virus down into your stomach and kill it. Infections like COVID 19 enter the body via the respiratory tract when you breathe in. Some of them might go into your mouth, but even constantly drinking water isn’t going to prevent you from catching the virus. However, drinking water and staying hydrated is usually good medical advice.

Purchasing products that were imported from China and other countries affected by COVID19 – False

It has been noted that viruses like this one do not stay alive for very long on surfaces, it is unlikely that person will contract the COVID-19 from a package that was transit for days or weeks.

The Ministry of Public Health is also urging persons who are experience symptoms of the coronavirus, such as, fever, fatigue, cough, aches and pains, headaches and shortness of breath to call the Ministry’s hotline on 227-4986, extension 215 or 624-3067, where a medical team will be dispatched to the residence of the caller.

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