COVID-19 is a new virus spreading around the world.
This newly discovered coronavirus has raised lots of questions and the information gaps have quickly led to rumors and misinformation so please see below for some common questions and answers.
Does garlic prevent you from getting coronavirus?
No. Garlic contains compounds with potent medicinal properties and is highly nutritious. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.
What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?
“Isolation” is used for someone who is sick while “quarantine” is used for someone who seems healthy but might become sick. Isolation separates people with a contagious disease from healthy people to contain the spread. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Will flu shots help reduce the chances of contracting the virus?
No. The flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are very different from coronaviruses. It can only help reduce the number of influenza cases during this COVID-19 outbreak.
What does ‘herd immunity’ mean?
Herd immunity occurs when a large percentage of the population becomes infected and then survives, thus becoming immune to a virus. The virus then stops spreading because not enough people are available to transmit the disease.
Is drinking a lot of water effective in washing down the virus from one’s throat?
No. Drinking a lot of water is good to keep the body hydrated but once the virus enters into the body, it goes into the airway and no amount of water can be used to wash the virus out of the body.
Does inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water clear the virus from your lungs?
No. Inhaling steam to treat any sort of respiratory illness helps with the symptoms, such as cough, nasal congestion and chest congestion. However, this is only symptomatic relief and it is not a treatment for any viral infection.
Are hand dryers effective in killing COVID-19?
No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the virus. To protect yourself against the virus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. You should also eat well to boost your immune system.
What alternatives do I have if there are no hand sanitizers available? Can I use ethyl alcohol or liquor?
If hand sanitizers are not available, handwashing with soap and water is the best alternative. Liquor is not effective against coronavirus. For an alcohol-based hand rub to be effective, it must have an alcohol content of 60% to 95%. Please note that drinking alcohol cannot cure you of the virus.
Can I catch coronavirus from my pets?
One study has shown that cats and ferrets can catch COVID-19 and pass it to one another. These pets don’t appear to get very sick or able to pass it to humans, but pet owners should be careful. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and surfaces and wash your hands to prevent infection.
How can I get tested for COVID-19?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate yourself from others and call the
NCDC toll-free line 080097000010 or your local state line to report.
Can antibiotics help treat or cure COVID-19?
No. COVID-19 is a virus and antibiotics are not effective in preventing or treating viruses. Antibiotics are used only for bacterial infections, misuse of antibiotics can result in antimicrobial resistance.
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