As the novel corona virus, and panic about the coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, so too are bogus claims, conspiracy theories and misinformation about the disease.
Here are 7 of the top myths about the virus and their corresponding facts:
MYTH: Popular malaria drug chloroquine has been proven to cure the corona virus
FACT: Contrary to popular social media reports, no health authorities have certified Chloroquine as a cure for coronavirus. Popular news outlets recently reported that the medicine which has been in the market for many years, has proven effective in treating COVID-19 and shows positive clinical effects. It is essential to note the phrase “clinical effects” does not necessarily indicate a definite cure; but rather a potential solution to the virus.
MYTH: The Corona virus is man-made
FACT: The Corona virus is not man made. As the coronavirus outbreak turned into a full-fledged public health crisis, a fringe theory about the virus’ origins started to take hold on the internet: that the virus didn’t come from nature, but had instead been created in a lab. Scientists in both China and the West have widely dismissed these theories. Experts are still trying to figure out the exact source of the virus, but research indicates that it likely originated in bats and was transmitted to an intermediate host before jumping to people.
MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the corona virus
FACT: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
MYTH: thermal scanners can detect people infected with the corona virus
FACT: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
MYTH: eating garlic can help prevent infection with the corona virus
FACT: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the corona virus.
MYTH: regularly rinsing your nose with salt solution can help prevent infection with the corona virus
FACT: There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with salt solution has protected people from infection with the corona virus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with salt solution can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, it has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
MYTH: Doctors cannot give advice on the corona virus if they aren’t specialists
FACT: All board certified doctors can give credible advice regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment of the corona virus.
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