Some Coronavirus Myths You Need To Know About

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Can Garlic prevent coronavirus? Can drinking water every 15 minutes wash away the virus? Can the coronavirus survive in heat? We will answer these questions and more in this article.

1. Garlic

Lots of posts have been shared on social media recommending that eating garlic can prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The WHO (World Health Organization) says that while it is “a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties”, there’s no evidence that eating garlic can protect people from the new coronavirus.

In most cases, these kinds of remedies aren’t harmful in themselves, as long as they aren’t preventing you from following evidence-based medical advice. But they have the potential to be.

The South China Morning Post reported a story of a woman who had to receive hospital treatment for a severely inflamed throat after consuming 1.5kg of raw garlic.

We know, in general, that eating fruit and vegetables and drinking water can be good for staying healthy. However, there is no evidence specific foods will help fight this particular virus.

So while it is advisable to eat garlic and other vegetables because of their nutritional benefits, you should understand that they will not protect you from the corona virus.

2. Drinking Water Every 15 minutes

Several posts on social media have recommended that everyone should ensure their mouths & throat is moist, never DRY. A facebook post reads “Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth…drinking water or other liquids will WASH them down through your esophagus and into the stomach. Once there in tummy…your stomach ACID will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly…the virus can enter your windpipes and into the LUNGS.”

This is false.

Again, drinking water regularly is a very healthy habit for every human being. However, there is no proof that water can wash away the virus once it is in your respiratory tract. The World Health Organization (WHO) says drinking water does not prevent the new coronavirus infection.

3. The Virus cannot survive in heat

Some posts on the social media also suggests that the new coronavirus does cannot survive in heat, especially in Sub Saharan Africa with very high temperatures.

Again, this is false as there is no evidence to this claim. As a matter of fact, Africa now counts over 16000 cases of the coronavirus. South Africa is the Sub Saharan African with the most number of cases (over 2600). Another Sub Saharan African country, Cameroon has reported close to 1000 cases of the virus.

More Questions

Can The CoronaVirus Be Transmitted By Mosquitoes?

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.

Can Lemon or Tumeric Prevent Coronavirus?

According to WHO, There is no scientific evidence that lemon or turmeric prevents COVID-19. In general, however, WHO recommends consuming adequate fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

Now you know that not everything on the social media is true. Remember, you can only prevent the spread of the coronavirus by washing your hands regularly with clean running water and soap or using hand sanitizers, maintaining physical distancing, staying home, masking up if you must go out, among other measures.

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