COVID-19 and the new coronavirus: Fact versus fiction
Social media is awash with myths about how people might stop the new coronavirus or treat infection with COVIDmore
TRANSMISSION - Fiction: The new coronavirus can be spread by mosquito bites and in Chinese food. REUTERS/Paulmore
Fact: No. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily via droplets when an infected persmore
PROTECTION - Fiction: Regularly rinsing your nose with saline can prevent infection with COVID-19. REUTERS/Somore
Fact: No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people. There is somemore
Fiction: Some claims on social media suggest that spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can protect more
Fact: There is no evidence to back these claims. Good hygiene practices including frequent hand washing and avmore
Fiction: Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Fact: No. Hand dryers are not effective against COVID-19, but frequently cleaning your hands with an alcohol-bmore
Fiction: Cold weather, hot weather, snow, eating garlic or taking a hot bath have also been suggested as ways more
Fact: There is no evidence behind these claims and no evidence as yet to suggest that COVID-19 will be affectemore
Fiction: You should wear a face mask at all times when outdoors. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Fact: No. People who are healthy, have no symptoms and have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 need to wear a mamore
TREATMENT - Fiction: Antibiotics can prevent and treat the new coronavirus. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Fact: Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. They will not prevent or treat infection with thmore
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