Important To Know COVID-19 Myths & FAQS

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Taking ibuprofen will make symptoms worse

There is no data that suggests ibuprofen (Advil) is dangerous with COVID-19. However, in other diseases, ibuprofen isn’t completely harmless. For example, there’s evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, could increase the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack.

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Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. 

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Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.

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Aiming a blow dryer up your nostrils can destroy the coronavirus.

There's no truth to the idea that the heat from a hair dryer can get rid of the coronavirus. “If this worked, we would've been using it and instituting clinical trials with blow dryers rather than worrying about ventilators and ICU beds,” says Dr. Amna Husain.

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Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease.

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.

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Spreading herbal oils on your body can prevent you from getting the disease.

While spreading herbal oil on your body can hydrate your skin and make you smell good, it does nothing to shield you from getting COVID-19, Gaither says.

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COVID-19 is just like the flu

It causes illness that does, indeed, have flu-like symptoms, such as aches, fever, and cough. Similarly, both COVID-19 and flu can be mild, severe, or, in rare cases, fatal. Both can also lead to pneumonia.

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You have to be with someone for 10 minutes to catch the virus.

The longer someone is with an infected person, the more likely they are to catch the virus, but it is still possible to catch it in less than 10 minutes.

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Thermal scanners can diagnose coronavirus.

Thermal scanners can detect whether someone has a fever. However, other conditions, such as seasonal flu, can also produce fever. In addition, symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2–10 days after infection, which means that someone infected with the virus could have a normal temperature for a few days before a fever begins.

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Only older people can be infected with the coronavirus.

Anyone at any age is at risk of getting infected, says Brandon Brown, an associate professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the UC Riverside School of Medicine in Riverside, California.

It’s true that coronavirus is most likely to severely affect people over age 65 and individuals with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and chronic heart disease. 

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Drinking alcohol can protect you from the coronavirus.

Consuming alcoholic beverages will not protect you from contracting the virus or its effects, Brown says. In fact, in Iran, dozens of people have died from alcohol poisoning after drinking bootleg booze to try to shield themselves from the coronavirus, according to the official Iranian news agency.

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Going to a place that's warm can lower my chances of infection.

If you think taking a trip to a sun-drenched vacation spot like the Bahamas or Mexico can shield you from the coronavirus, think again. Being in a warm place – or a cold location – doesn’t affect your risk of infection, Syed says. “It really does not matter if it’s cold or warm outside,” he says. “Right now, traveling may not be a good idea because that usually involves going through crowded places, and that increases your chances of getting infected or transmitting the virus to other people.”

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Will drinking water every 15 minutes flush out the virus and prevent infection?

Infections like coronaviruses enter the body via the respiratory tract when you breathe in. Some of them might go into your mouth, but even constantly drinking water isn't going to prevent you from catching the virus.

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Can my pet give me the virus?

The threat that the virus causing COVID-19 could sicken pets and spread between them and their owners is extremely low, veterinarians say.

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Was the new coronavirus deliberately created or released by people?

Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be.

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Should children wear masks?

Can antibiotics prevent and treat the new Coronavirus?

Are hand dryers effective in killing the new Coronavirus?

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new Coronavirus?
Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new Coronavirus?
Can the new Coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites?

You can protect yourself by gargling bleach

Parcels from China can spread Coronavirus

You can catch coronavirus from eating Chinese food in the U.S.

Getting COVID-19 is a death sentence