Some of the busted myths about coronavirus you need know
While the coronavirus concerns keep on growing around the globe, the virus is being surrounded by more myths and misinformation with which people are hopefully trying to guard themselves from fears of getting infected.
USAReally advises to get familiar with some of the exposure of some of these coronavirus myths that have been busted by The World Health Organization.
The WHO continues to reassure the public that best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.
"By doing this [washing your hands] you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose," WHO said in a statement.
Will taking a hot bath prevent me from getting coronavirus?
No, taking a hot bath will not prevent you from contracting coronavirus.
"Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower," WHO said in a statement.
"Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you."
Can coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites?
WHO has confirmed that there is no information or scientific evidence to suggest that mosquitoes can transmit coronavirus.
"COVID-19 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," WHO said.
Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
No, hand-dryers alone are not effective in killing COVID-19.
WHO advises that after cleaning your hands, you should dry them thoroughly using a paper towels or a warm air dryer.
Can bleach cure coronavirus?
Thousands of people are highly convinced that rinsing their mouth with bleach can cure coronavirus. However, the WHO proves the reverse to this claim.
"Not only is chlorine dioxide an effective cancer cell killer, it can wipe out coronavirus too," prominent YouTuber Jordan Sather wrote on his Twitter.
Health authorities have warned that bleach is not for human consumption and can cause severe reactions such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.
This is not the only dangerous "cure" that has been spread on social media platforms.
Can cocaine stop coronavirus?
The French government in its statement told the residents that snorting cocaine will not protect them from COVID-19 after a myth circulated online.
"No, cocaine does NOT protect against COVID19," France's Ministry of Solidarity and Health tweeted.
"It is an addictive drug causing serious adverse effects and harmful to the health of people."
Another myth the Ministry debunked was a rumor circulating that rubbing alcohol would protect the skin from infection.
Does alcohol rub stop coronavirus?
"No, spraying alcohol or chlorine will not kill viruses (which have already entered your body)," the Ministry tweeted.
"Spraying these substances may be harmful to the mucous membranes and clothing."
Can bank notes spread coronavirus?
Other myths busted included: coronavirus cannot be transmitted via mosquito bites, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 via credit cards and banknotes is very small.
Here's other myths that have been busted by the World Health Organisation:
Are people buying condoms to protect their fingers from coronavirus infection?
Several sources have claimed that shops are running out of condoms as people use them to protect their fingers when pressing public buttons or touching common property like handrails.
Do ultraviolet disinfection lamps kill the virus?
The answer is no. WHO recommends avoiding UV lamps all together as their radiation can cause skin irritation.
Is it safe to receive packages from China?
Yes, the coronavirus can't survive long on objects such as letters or packages.
Can pets get infected with virus and spread it?
The Organization believes that pets can’t be infected with coronavirus since there are no evidences that could prove a negative. But it is still recommended to wash the hands after contacts with the pets.
Is there a vaccine which can protect me from the virus?
No, unfortunately as the virus is new there is no vaccine which will protect you. However, WHO highly recommends vaccinating yourself against illnesses such as pneumonia regardless to protect your own health.
There are more myths around the illness. It is highly recommended to keep up to date with accurate information about Covid-19 and the real ways to not getting infected.