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As cases continue to mount around the world, it is only proper that we keep ourselves informed about what is true and what is not about COVID-19.
To help everyone out and ensure that everyone has the correct information at their fingertips, here are 14 debunked myths about the coronavirus compiled by the World Health Organization.
1. Hot and humid climates do not stop COVID-19
The World Health Organization says this is simply not true, as all scientific evidence shows that COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas, whatever the climate may be.
2. COVID-19 cannot be killed by cold weather and snow
In the same way that hot and humid climates cannot stop the spread of COVID-19, snow and cold weather cannot kill it as well.
3. Taking a hot bath does not make you safe from COVID-19
Whatever the temperature of your shower, your body temperature remains anywhere from 36.5 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius.
4. Mosquito bites do not transit COVID-19
The coronavirus is not like dengue, which is transmitted through mosquito bites. What is spreading COVID-19 are droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
5. Hand dryers do not kill COVID-19
Hand dryers do nothing towards the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. Handwashing with soap and water is what stops infection.
6. COVID-19 cannot be killed by an ultraviolet disinfection lamp
The World Health Organization warns that rather than kill the coronavirus, an ultraviolet disinfection lamp is going to end up causing its users’ skin irritation.
7. Thermal scanners cannot detect people with COVID-19
What thermal scanners do is detect people with fever, which is one of the symptoms of coronavirus infection. That said, it does not detect asymptomatic people — people who have the coronavirus but are not showing any symptoms yet. This is because it takes anywhere from two to 10 days before an infected person starts showing symptoms like fever.
8. COVID-19 cannot be killed by dousing yourself in alcohol or chlorine
If you already have the coronavirus, spraying yourself with chlorine or alcohol is not going to remove it from inside your body. Both chlorine and alcohol, however, can be used to disinfect surfaces that may have the coronavirus.
9. Existing pneumonia vaccines do not work against COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine for the new coronavirus. Vaccines for pneumonia and the flu will not protect you from it.
10. Rinsing your nose with a saline solution does not protect your from COVID-19
No scientific evidence exists that confirms using a saline solution on your nose will protect you from coronavirus.
11. Garlic will not prevent COVID-19 infection
Garlic has a lot of health benefits. Unfortunately, coronavirus prevention is not one of them.
12. Only older people are affected by COVID-19
While older people are more prone to become severely ill when they catch COVID-19, this does not mean that they are the only ones that get infected. People of any age can catch the coronavirus.
13. Antibiotics will not treat COVID-19
The coronavirus is a virus. Antibiotics work against bacteria and will not be of any help against COVID-19.
14. There is no medicine for COVID-19
COVID-19 is so new that there are currently no medicines available to prevent or treat it.
The best thing that can be done right now is to regularly wash our hands and to practice social distancing. Stay safe out there!
That was a fine public service. This is especially useful because the orange fool already put out some misleading comments that got believed and repeated. Thank you.
unfortunately the orange fool is not expediting the effort to fight the spread but will..
( probably ) not accept any help from foreign countries for vaccines ,,as he did not accept any shipments of testing kits form foreign governments ( we could have duplicated them ) so there are not enough tests to distribute.. unethical behavior on his part …thank you adam4adam.com for the public service announcement
Please inform us luddites as to where Orange Man went wrong and how Joe Biden has all the answers. Hurry, I’m anxiously waiting….
Can someone tell me what has the orange man done that was right during this pandemic ??
Who said Joe Biden was doing anything right ??
No one in the government has handle this correctly Republican or Democratic
15. The more social media sites tell us about the perils of the virus, the more safe, secure, and prepared to act people will feel.
unfortunately social media is also spreading the false “cures” like wildfire.
Although, in China, there is promise of a treatment with the drug Favilavir. I was reading about different drug trials and there are some interesting ones. I admit I found the funniest one to be sildenafil (viagra). I will avoid a bad joke here but we’re all thinking about social isolation jokes. While a vaccine is a long time away, hopefully we can fast track promising treatments. Don’t mean to offend anyone, but humor is gonna get me through this one…
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Why doesn’t A4A come right out and tell gays they should NOT be hooking up during this crisis? I know it seems obvious, but it seems that many online still think it’s OK to have sex! THESE APPS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ANY SORT OF BODY CONTACT IS EXTREMELY RISKY! Come on Adam4Adam…get your shit together!
Randy, we started sending messages to all users, popups, emails and also are keeping the blog strictly to inform our users about the crisis.
We will have banners up soon, new messages about social distancing, new features as well to help everyone stay safe. A friendly reminder that we too, are affected by the crisis and we want to keep our employee safe and our business running without losing jobs.
Randy, I agree. It would be nice to have some details about sex. Tinder had specific info I found helpful. It’s not in semen. But has been found in fecal matter. Kissing is obviously out. ..and maybe a lot of talking due to the droplets. I think we all get the hand washing part. CDC is so limited in real info. The WHO seems to have some details.
Very important is that individuals who are HIV immuno comprised are also in the high risk group of persons with underlying health conditions which make them both vulnerable and susceptible to contracting this pandemic disease.
So please treat this disease seriously!!
The World Health Organization is not exactly the brightest bulb in the house. Exactly they underplayed the danger of COVID 19 and because many countries foolishly listened to them instead of closing borders, now we have a pandemic. Now they claim that hot weather does not stop the virus but you can go to the John Hopkins coronavirus tracking site and you see that countries with currently hot weather have significantly smaller number of cases – mostly tourists that brought the virus there, not local transmission. Facts against World Health Organisation! And don’t even get me started on the wrong… Read more »