Debunking Myths about the Coronavirus

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Here are some of the myths and how WHO has debunked them

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One of the lethal aspects of Coronavirus is the misinformation, myths and misconceptions that come with it. The lies that are swirling around especially on social media, could impede the fight against Covid-19 significantly if left unchecked. Here are some of the myths and how the World Health Organization (WHO) has debunked them: -

1.     COVID-19 virus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid areas

According to WHO, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas including areas with hot and humid weather. Therefore, take preventive measures such as regularly cleaning your hands, social distancing, wiping surfaces as long wherever you are.

2.     Cold weather and snow can kill the Corona virus

There is no reason to believe that the Coronavirus cannot thrive in cold areas. WHO indicates that the normal human body temperature remains 36.50C to 370C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The best way to ensure your safety is to regularly clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

3.     Taking a hot bath prevents Covid-19

A hot bath doesn’t prevent you from catching COVID-19 since your body maintains the normal body temperature of 36.50 C to 370C whether the shower is hot or cold. WHO warns that an extremely hot bath can burn you. Ensure that you clean your hands frequently so that you eliminate any virus that could be hanging on to your hands.

4.     The novel Corona virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites

There is no evidence that suggests that mosquitoes can transmit the Corona virus.

5.     Hand dyers can kill the new corona virus

Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. Therefore, you should frequently clean your hands by washing them with soap or water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. WHO advises one to dry their hands thoroughly with a paper towel or a warm air dryer.

Get more information by WHO here.

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