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TOP 7 CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) MYTHS DEBUNKED

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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The Corona Virus: Origin, Syptoms & Prevention

What Is The Corona Virus?

According to the world health organization, Corona-virus (coV) are various kinds of virus that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as; middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-coV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-coV). And also novel corona-virus which has not yet been identified in humans. Corona-virus are zoonotic by nature, which means they are transmitted between animals and people

Since the first discovery of Corona-virus in Wuhan china, on the 31st of December 2019. The virus has killed more than 2800 people and has infected 83,000 worldwide.

Corona Virus In Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.  

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.   

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectorial Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

How COVID-19  Spreads

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes .

What are the symptoms of The COVID-19?

Signs and symptoms of Corona-virus may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • exacerbated asthma

Preventing and Treating COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent this illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Call your doctor if you…

Develop any of the above symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19

OR

Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

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