You can’t glance at your phone these days without getting an update on COVID-19. Newscasters say the word ‘Coronavirus’ 18 times more than they say “election” right now. We’re getting news from all around.
This pandemic is something most people have never seen before.
Hearing so much information from so many sources creates myths and rumors. The speed this information is coming at us is a catalyst for myths and bad advice.
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Mythbusting with WHO
Here are some questions and answers right from the World Health Organization. Some of these may surprise you!
Question: Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?
Answer: COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. Doing this you eliminates viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Question: Will cold weather, snow or ice kill it?
Answer: Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new Coronavirus.
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new Coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. 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.
No information or evidence suggests that the new Coronavirus is transmitted by mosquitoes. It’s a respiratory virus spread through droplets that form what an infected person coughs or sneezes. Discharge of saliva or droplets from the news also spread the virus. Protect yourself. Wash your hands frequently. Practice social distancing.
Question: Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new Coronavirus?
Answer: UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
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