Rumours, misconceptions and unverified information about the new Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) have spread online, even faster than the virus itself. These include the supposed ways on how to kill coronavirus by eating garlic or taking a hot bath. But are they really effective? Here are the clarifications of World Health Organization on some of these myths.
WHO says the most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
There is limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimised supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with partners.
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