Myth: Drinking alcohol protects against corona virus

Fact: Drinking alcohol does not protect you against Covid-19, and can in fact be dangerous. The harmful use of alcohol increases your risk of health problems, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Myth: Thermal scanners can detect corona virus

Fact: Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have a fever. However, they cannot detect people who are infected with Covid-19. There are many causes of fever.

Myth: Adding pepper to meals prevents/cures corona virus

Fact: While pepper in soups and other meals can enhance their taste, it cannot prevent or cure corona virus. Practice social distancing, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, use hand sanitizers, and face masks to avoid coming in contact with the virus.

Myth: Spraying disinfectant into your body or drinking methanol, ethanol will protect you from Covid 19

Fact: DO NOT, under any circumstances, spray or introduce bleach or any other disinfectant into your body. These substances can be poisonous if ingested and cause irritation and damage to your skin and eyes. Bleach and disinfectant can be used to disinfect surfaces only. Methanol, ethanol, and bleach are poisons.

Myth: Taking bath with hot water prevents corona virus

Fact: Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching the virus. The normal body temperature remains 36.5 degrees C to 37 degrees C, regardless of the temperature of shower.

Myth: Ordering or buying products shipped from overseas will give you corona virus

Fact: WHO says that the likelihood of becoming infected with Covid-19 from a commercial package is low since it has likely travelled over several days and been exposed to different temperatures and conditions during transit.

Myth: This novel corona virus is not new, I’ve heard of it before

Fact: The term novel corona virus means it’s a new type of corona virus, which hasn’t been previously detected. ‘Coronavirus’ is a family of viruses and the reason people may have seen ‘Human Coronavirus’ on labels is that this refers to previous strains of the virus. There are several names being used for this novel corona virus. WHO has called the disease Covid-19 but the virus itself is called SARS-CoV-2.

Myth: Drink water every 15 minutes to avoid corona

Fact: To date, no cure for the deadly infection has been found and we can very safely say, water alone won’t solve the problem. It can only hydrate the body and lower the risk of infection by cutting outside effects. Water can’t kill the virus.

Myth: You can beat the virus with warm water, salt or vinegar. This viral message claims that corona virus before it reaches lungs remains in throat for four days and it is this time that the person begins to cough or have throat pain.

Fact: First there is no evidence to prove that the virus stays in throat for four days. Second, gargling is often recommended for a sore throat, however, there is no evidence to suggest that it would prevent infection from COVID-19.

Myth: Homeopathic drug ‘Arsenicum album 30’ for prevention of Coronavirus infection. The message claims that the Ayush Ministry of India has suggested taking the Arsenicum Album-30 * homeopathic medicine for three days to avoid infecting the corona virus.

Fact: This is misinformed advice. Arsenicum album 30 has not been proven or researched scientifically by homeopaths to cure corona virus or any other infections in humans.

Myth: Drinking Alum water multiple times a day will help to prevent Coronavirus infection and lower lungs infection.

Fact: There is no evidence to back this msg. Alum is used to cleanse the water but it has nothing specific to do with Covid or it infections.