We also told you that there is yet to be a cure put in place to take down the monster that is now causing certain countries to ban traveling (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) and give schools some time off.
Certain measures are being taken at the moment to help avoid the spread.
With scientists all around the world trying to find a cure they have a better understanding of the genetic makeup of the virus. We are here to help clear up some of the myths being spread around all over social media and other online sites.
We want to help clear some of these rumors for you.
Garlic is now being used as a means of prevention towards the VIRUS.
Garlic has antimicrobial properties that are very beneficial for us but they are not a means to prevent your body from being infected with the virus. If you consume this for normal health benefits for your body, then that is a whole other case and we encourage you to continue to do so. Keep in mind that antibiotics do not cure viral infections.
Home Made Hand Sanitizers
With the scarce resources to help prevent infection, the world trade is coming to a halt because of the spread of the COVID-19, homemade hand sanitizer is becoming a thing! There has been no confirmation of this being effective, it can be harmful instead. Because it lacks the emollients that the manufacture adds to them so that they can be gentle on the skin and prevent irritations. Alcohol-based sanitizers contain at least 60-70% alcohol content.
Professor Sally Bloomfield, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says she does not believe you could make a product for sanitizing hands at home – even vodka only contains 40% alcohol. Well if you can figure out how to make a homemade one, let us know!
The rumor going around states that if you drink water every 15 minutes you will be able to flush the virus out. FALSE!
Infections such as the COVID-19 usually go straight to the respiratory tract while you breathe in.
Although they can go through the mouth, drinking water constantly is not a means of prevention. This does not mean that we do not advise you to continue to stay hydrated or start consuming plenty of fluids if you don’t already do so. It just means that you can’t be cured from just water.
Many rumors are being spread to “bring on the heat”! To do or not to do? We are sure you have heard the ongoing rumors of heat killing the virus, NOT TRUE!
What we do know is that generally, the flu virus doesn’t survive in the heat outside the body. Yet there is no confirmation on how heat impacts the new Coronavirus. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C.
So, you can stand in the sun as long as you want but we’re telling you that will either give you a heatstroke or a sunburn. Heating your body is most definitely not the way to stay free of infection. Once the virus is in your body, there’s no way of killing it – your body just has to fight it off.
Outside the body, “to actively kill the virus you need temperatures of around 60 degrees
[Celsius]”, says Professor Bloomfield. We do advise you to wash your linens, towels, clothes, and fabrics at 60 degrees Celsius to help kill any virus.
Does age matter?
No, this virus does not affect only the elderly. All age groups are susceptible to the virus.
What we can inform you with is that elders with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma etc… are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners. But, as of now there are no new treatments or vaccines for the COVID-19.
So there you have it. Some of the many myths coming afloat about the CoronaVirus cleared for you.
P.S. here are a few tips to prevent yourself from getting infected by COVID-19
Wash your hands diligently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Use disposable masks when traveling and if necessary. Try to avoid traveling
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Keep alcohol-based sanitizers with you.
Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.
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