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There is a lot of information about COVID-19 on the internet and particularly, going around on WhatsApp right now. We have listed some of the common myths out there and provide you with some facts.

COVID-19 is airborne

The COVID-19 virus is not airborne. The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that you can only contract the virus from someone who has the virus. It can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces the person is in contact with. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch it if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why social distancing and remaining more than 1 metre away from a person who is sick is vital.

These home remedies can cure the virus

Eat raw garlic: Yes, garlic is good for your immune system, as it has some antimicrobial properties, however, there is no evidence that it can prevent or treat CODIV-19.

Take a hot bath: Many have been told that the Coronavirus cell has a layer of fat around it and by taking a hot bath or drinking hot tea; your body will be able to fight the virus. There is no evidence that this works. If you take a bath in scalding hot water you could, however, burn yourself.

It only poses a threat to the elderly

People of all ages can be infected with COVID-19. The elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease just to name a few) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. The WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene.

Your personal actions do not make a difference to the spread of COVID19

It has been very clear that each one of us has the ability to help decrease the spread of the virus if we keep isolating. A study by the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team in the United Kingdom explains that implementation of self-isolation and mass societal quarantine is extreme and painful, but it is effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Weather is not a deciding factor

Humid or sunny weather does not stop the virus from spreading. Countries with warmer climates have reported cases of COVID-19 as well. There is also no reason to believe that cold climates affect the spread of the virus. The body temperature stays the same 36.5C or 37C, despite the external temperature.  

Mosquitoes cannot cause infection

The WHO has not received any evidence proving that mosquitoes can transmit the COVID-19 virus from one person to another.

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