Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Myth busters


Coronavirus, COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

From the evidence to date, coronavirus, COVID-19 virus are often transmitted in all known AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.

Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you reside in, or visit a neighbourhood reporting COVID-19.


The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands, for a minimum of 20 seconds.


By doing this you eliminate viruses which will get on your hands and avoid infection that would occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

There is no reason to believe that weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases at this time. Viruses are resilient to weather conditions.

The normal physical body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, no matter the external temperature or weather.


The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Taking a hot bath won't prevent you from catching coronavirus, COVID-19, this does not work, its not effective.

Your normal blood heat remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, no matter the temperature of your bath or shower.


Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely predicament are often harmful, because it can burn you.


The best way to protect yourself against coronavirus, COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands for 20 seconds or longer.


By doing this you eliminate viruses which will get on your hands and avoid infection that would occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people that have developed a fever (i.e. have a better than normal body temperature) due to infection with the new coronavirus.


However, they can't detect people that are infected but aren't yet sick with fever. this is often because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people that are infected become sick and develop a fever.


Note: if you believe you have been exposed to coronavirus do not meet with the vulnerable Wait until the 10 days pass. 

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that has already entered your body. This method has been used but is totally ineffective. Follow the standard medical guidelines for protection against coronavirus.

Spraying such substances are often harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth).

Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine are often useful to disinfect surfaces, but they must be used under appropriate recommendations.

No, it does not. Vaccines against pneumonia, like Pneumovax and Haemophilus influenza B (Hib) vaccine, don't provide protection against the new coronavirus, it's ineffective.


The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine, unfortunately this will take time, effort and human resource.


However, we do have a large scientific work force who are dedicated to this cause.


Researchers try to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.


Follow all the WHO step by step guidelines on how to stay healthy during this pandemic.


This is a global scientific effort; all governments are applying full time scientists to finding a cure.


Although these vaccines aren't effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is very recommended to guard your health.

No. there is no evidence that cleaning your nose with saline will protect people from infection with the new coronavirus strain.


This does not works.


There is limited evidence that often-rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold virus.


However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to stop respiratory infections. There have been reported cases where people have used this method with no results.


Saline does not prevent coronavirus when used to wash out your nose, scientists claim.

People of all ages are often infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Older people, and other people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more susceptible to becoming severely ill with the virus.

If you are able to please keep your distance from the vulnerable if you are showing symptoms.


If you live in the same house as a vulnerable person try and keep your distance from them, this can be difficult.


WHO advises people of all ages to require steps to guard themselves from the virus, for instance by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.


Follow the WHO guidelines on coronavirus.

Always practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others once you are sick is the greatest protection against coronavirus.

The basic required day to day hygiene is what you should be doing right now.


This is good practise for all ages no matter how old you are.


You should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, including before and after eating, and after going to the toilet. At least for 20 seconds.

  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands for 20 seconds.

  • Avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people) this is more difficult when in the same house or apartment.

  • Stay at home if unwell, do not get close to a vulnerable person. They are a higher risk than the younger sufferers.

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