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Facts about the new virus

  • Pet dogs and cats are not susceptible to the virus, but it is always a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly after contact with pets.
  • The existing vaccines against pneumonia do not protect us from the new virus. Rinsing the nose with saline also cannot protect us from the virus, nor does gargling with mouthwash.
  • Eating garlic, though it is a healthy food, cannot prevent us from the new virus.
  • Sesame oil doesn't kill the new virus, however, certain disinfectants can kill the virus that is present on surfaces.

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Myth busters

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https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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Key Ideas

Myth Busters

The new virus is spreading globally. There are a lot of myths about this virus, and it is crucial to be well-informed.

  • We can protect the spread of this virus by washing our hands with alcohol-based hand rub, or soap and water regularly.
  • Hand-dryers are ineffective in killing the germs, and ultraviolet disinfection lamps should not be used to kill the virus, as UV radiation can cause skin damage.
  • Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over one's body will not kill the viruses that are already inside you.
  • It is reported to be safe to receive packages from China, as the virus doesn't survive long on objects.
  • Thermal scanners are only effective in detecting people who have developed a fever because of the infection. It takes between two to ten days for people to develop a fever after an infection.

Facts about the new virus

  • Pet dogs and cats are not susceptible to the virus, but it is always a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly after contact with pets.
  • The existing vaccines against pneumonia do not protect us from the new virus. Rinsing the nose with saline also cannot protect us from the virus, nor does gargling with mouthwash.
  • Eating garlic, though it is a healthy food, cannot prevent us from the new virus.
  • Sesame oil doesn't kill the new virus, however, certain disinfectants can kill the virus that is present on surfaces.

The new virus

  • It can infect people of all ages, though older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable, and can get severely ill.
  • Antibiotics do not work against the new virus, or any viruses, as they treat bacteria.
  • To date, no specific medicine or treatment is available, however, some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested.
  • From the evidence so far, the virus can be transmitted in all areas, including areas with hot and humid weather.

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