Nowadays we can be mislead by a lot of false social media news - I only try to have information from approved resources)
Advise to follow to protect yourself and your love ones 💞
- [ ] Washing your hands is essential.
CDC recommends washing your hands rather than using hand sanitizer whenever possible because it also removes dirt and grime that pathogens can cling to
- [ ] Disinfect things touched often: cellphone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc
- [ ] Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- [x] Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
ℹ️ FALSE INFORMATION ℹ️
-Claim: Holding your breath can prevent you from getting it
“The virus can still get into your respiratory tract even if you hold your breath,” Berman says. “Coronavirus gets into your body via droplets of humid air containing the virus as they exit other people’s lungs. The droplets are suspended in air for some time and can still enter your nose or mouth even if you are holding your breath.” So cover your mouth when you cough, even if you’re outside, he says.
Claim: The virus only affects old people
According to the WHO, people of all ages can be infected with COVID-19, although seniors and those with underlying conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more affected. Still, people young and old have died from the disease.
FACE MASKS ⁉️
Claim: ‘Face masks don’t work’
Wearing a face mask is certainly not guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks.
If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can also protect others. So masks are crucial for health and social care workers looking after patients and are also recommended for family members who need to care for someone who is ill – ideally both the patient and carer should have a maskClaim: Saltwater can “flush out” the virus
“Saltwater may make your sore throat feel better, but it won’t do anything to the virus,
Claim: People with certain blood types may be more susceptible to the disease
Maybe true ❇️
Researchers in China have found that people with blood type A have been both infected and killed by COVID-19 at “significantly” higher rates in Wuhan and Shenzhen, while people with type O had fewer infections and deaths. Still, researchers say there’s no need for people with type A to worry or for those with type O to rejoice. There’s much more research needed with a larger sample size before scientists can come to any definitive conclusions.
Claim: The coronavirus will go away in the summer when it’s warm
As tempting as it may be to self-isolate somewhere warm and tropical, that won’t protect you from the coronavirus.
Claim: The coronavirus lives in the throat. Drink lots of water so the virus is pushed into the stomach where the acid will kill it
By now, we’ve all seen the viral post shared unwittingly by celebs and well-meaning parents that claims drinking water can push the virus into your stomach where it will die. Unfortunately, it’s just not true.
“Virus may gain entry via throat but it penetrates into the host cells,” Younus wrote in a viral Twitter thread. “You can’t wash it away. Excessive water will make you run to the toilet.”
Claim: You can be infected for two weeks and not have symptoms
The incubation period for the coronavirus is two to 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is why social distancing is so important to prevent the spread of the illness.
Claim: Vitamins will give you immunity from the virus ❌⛔️
Vitamins won’t necessarily protect you from the virus.
“You don’t have to go and take megadoses of anything,” she says, adding that “a well-balanced diet” should be enough to maintain your nutrient quota.
Claim: The virus only affects old people
According to the WHO, people of all agescan be infected with COVID-19, although seniors and those with underlying conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more affected. Still, people young and old have died from the disease.
Claim: The thermal scanners will catch everyone with the coronavirus
Thermal scanners at airports are effective at detecting people with a fever, WHO notes, but not everyone infected will have a fever. “It takes two to 10 days to develop a fever after being infected,” the organization said on its website.
Claim: Scientists have developed a rapid test that can detect the virus in a half-hour
University of Oxford scientists have developed a rapid test for the new coronavirus capable of showing results in just 30 minutes. Although the test has so far only been used in China, the university said, in a statement, that an “integrated device … [for] clinics, airports or even for home use” is on the way. Researchers also say the test is sensitive enough to detect the cases in the early stages of infection.