Coronavirus Pandemic: The WHO Dispels Myths About COVID-19

Are there really “tricks” to killing the coronavirus? Does it really only affect the elderly? Do antibiotics prevent infection? As the epidemic continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report with the aim of putting an end to myths and misunderstandings about COVID-19.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of inaccurate information has been circulating.

In combating the spread of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to prevent the spread of false information about the virus. To achieve this, they published a report on their website that dispels much of this false information.

Climate has no Influence on the Transmission of the Virus

Firstly, the WHO points out that COVID-19 can be transmitted in all regions of the world, regardless of its climate. In fact, despite some rumors, the fact that an area is hot and humid does not mean that the virus cannot spread there.

Similarly,  the virus cannot be killed by cold weather because human body temperature is tightly regulated (36.5°C and 37°C) regardless of ambient temperature. A hot bath, therefore, does not protect against COVID-19.

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Mosquitoes cannot Transmit the COVID-19 Virus

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus; mosquito bites cannot transmit it. The virus is spread mainly through aerosol droplets produced by an infected person when coughing or sneezing. Furthermore, the virus can also be present in saliva or mucus from a runny nose.

Coronavirus can Infect Anyone Exposed

Another common misconception is that the coronavirus only affects older people. Wrong; people of all ages are affected, but the elderly and people with other illnesses (such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, hypertension, and heart disease) seem more likely to be seriously affected by COVID-19.

In addition, unlike what may be circulating on social networks, there are no “tricks” to kill the virus, such as using a hand dryer or spraying the body with alcohol or chlorine.

There are officially no Medications to Prevent or Treat the Infection

As of writing, besides washing your hands frequently, there is no other way to protect yourself from the coronavirus. For example, pneumonia vaccines are ineffective (COVID-19 is a new virus that needs its own vaccine), as are antibiotics because they only work against bacteria.

Similarly, regularly rinsing your nose with saline solution does not prevent infection, nor does the consumption of garlic (which has some antimicrobial properties) protect against the virus. Finally, the WHO reminds us that there are still no medicines to prevent or treat the infection.

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References

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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