These four Covid-19 myths are doing the rounds
From the day the first case of Covid - 19 was announced, there has been fake news that spread like wild fire.
There's been a lot of misinformation thrown in among the facts. (iStock)
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From the day the first case of Covid - 19 was announced, there has been fake news that spread like wild fire. 

People are panicking, taking in every bit of information that could help and sadly, there's been a lot of misinformation thrown in among the facts. 

Here's a look at few of the myths that have been going around. 

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Myth number 1

Covid-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates 

The truth 

From the evidence so far, the Covid-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.

Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting Covid-19.

The best way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.

By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Myth buster

(Photo by World Health Organization)

Myth number 2 

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

The truth 

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

WHO

(Photo by World Health Organization)

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Myth number 3

Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

The truth

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 new coronavirus.

                               WHO

                                                                            (Photo by World Health Organization)

Myth number 4

Only older people need to protect themselves against coronavirus. 

The truth 

While older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus, people of all ages can be infected. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

WHO
(Photo by World Health Organization)

Sources: World Health Organization 

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