We’re sure your newsfeeds and group chats have been full of articles about the new Coronavirus, we know ours have been. Telling what’s real from what’s a myth is tricky, at the best of times, but more so now when there is so much information flying around. What can you trust and what is just internet babble, floating around, looking for a few clicks? We want to be part of the solution and populate your feed with the correct information, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 myths that we’ve seen online and looked to the World Health Organization (WHO) to see their comments & advise on whether these myths are true or not.
1. You Can Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Okay, this one’s a little tricky, because technically you can make your own hand sanitizer BUT it’s not as easy as many of the articles online would have you think. And, many articles don’t have the correct ingredients or techniques and can leave you unprotected or actually damage your skin. If you want to make your own hand sanitizer, head to WHO’s article for the correct advice. Don’t think it will be easy though, you’re better off washing your hands frequently for more than 20 seconds with warm soapy water then setting up a lab in your apartment.
2. Very Hot Weather or Very Cold Weather kills Coronavirus
There is no evidence currently that either very hot weather or very cold weather kills the virus. So far, the WHO is reporting that for people living or traveling to countries of all climates to continue to take precautionary measures. The UAE is hot, but you know what’s hotter? Cleaning your hands.
3. Eating Garlic Can Protect You
It may be a tasty addition to your dishes and very nutritious (as well as having many other health benefits) but there is no evidence to suggest it helps with the prevention of the Coronavirus. So, keep eating garlic to flavor your dishes but wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and stay away from social gatherings to protect yourself and those around you.
4.Mosquitos Spread Coronavirus
Nope. No one likes mosquitoes, but they are not to blame for the spread of the Coronavirus. As the WHO explains,“the new coronavirus 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.” There is currently no evidence that mosquitoes spread the virus. Staying away from people who are coughing & sneezing, and catching your own sneezes/coughs in a tissue (that you then throw into a closed bin) or into the crook of your elbow can help stop the spread.
5.Taking an Extremely Hot Bath Prevents Coronavirus
Taking a hot bath might be relaxing and a good stress reliever but it will not help prevent you from getting the Coronavirus. In fact, taking an extremely hot bath is dangerous as you can burn your skin. Relax in the tub (at a normal bath temperature) if you want, and stick to your normal showering routine, but the main part of your body you should be scrubbing is your hands.
So there it is folks. These are just a few of the myths we’ve heard recently, but there are a lot more out there. Remember, don’t believe everything you read, check your sources, and most importantly wash your hands. Let us know if you have any comments below! We always love hearing from you.
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