Geneva / The anxiety and in some cases the paranoia caused by the coronavirus pandemic have facilitated the circulation of all kinds of myths about its spread and ways of healing that have nothing to do with reality, as the World Health Organization has been concerned to clarify (WHO).
As in other situations that generate fear, the diversity of platforms and other means of information dissemination have also led to false news in the case of the coronavirus, such as those that state that products imported from China may be contaminated or that the virus also It is transmitted through the mosquito bite.
While it is true that there is serious research indicating that the coronavirus can remain on a surface for a few hours and even days (depending largely on the type of surface), the WHO considers it highly unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after an object It has been moved, traveled and has been exposed to various conditions and temperatures.
In any case, if you are afraid, it is advisable to clean the surface of the product with a disinfectant and wash your hands well after unpacking it.
In some countries, it is being said that the new coronavirus is transmitted by the mosquito bite, a statement that has no support, since there is certainty that the transmission medium is respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth and that they come out parting when a person coughs or sneezes and then falls on objects or surfaces around them.
If others touch that contaminated surface and then put their hands to their eyes, nose or mouth, then contagion occurs, although those droplets can also be inhaled, hence the importance of maintaining a distance of more than a meter with any sick person .
The hand dryer and UV lamps
Another myth that has spread on the internet is that the virus dies if a hand dryer is used, which the WHO has denied in a document that it has just issued, as it has done with the version according to which disinfectant lamps UV rays kill the coronavirus.
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize the hands or other areas of the skin, as ultraviolet radiation can cause skin irritation, adds the organization.
Alcohol and chlorine
Similarly, it is being said that spraying alcohol or chlorine all over the body can kill the coronavirus, to which WHO experts have replied that none of these products can work if the virus has already entered the body, but instead it does. They can be harmful to the membranes of the nose or mouth, for example.
It has also started to be heard that domestic animals are potential vectors of the virus, for which there is no scientific evidence, although it is also recommended to wash their hands well after being in contact with animals.
Medications and vaccines
On the other hand, the WHO indicates that the existing vaccines against pneumonia do not protect against the coronavirus, since this virus is new and different, so it requires its own vaccine that many pharmaceutical companies are trying to develop at full speed.
Antibiotics is another type of product that, according to various reports, people in some countries are saving for the supposed purpose of being treated if they contract the coronavirus, but the WHO reminds that antibiotics only work against bacteria and not against viruses.
If a contaminated person receives antibiotics in a hospital, it is to avoid bacterial co-infections that may appear.
At the moment there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the coronavirus, nor is there any natural product that fights it, so it is also not true that consuming garlic – a food known for its antibacterial properties – serves to prevent the disease, of which So far there are about 125,000 cases in the world and that has caused 4,613 deaths. (March 13, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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