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Debunking misinformation about COVID 19

So much has happened recently that it seems like forever ago when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that they would start checking passengers arriving to three airports in the US from Wuhan, China for symptoms of this new virus that had caused several infections and a couple of deaths in China.

These three airports were New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

The first death in the US from the novel virus that is now commonly referred to as COVID 19 occurred on Tuesday January 21, 2020.

Clearly a lot has happened since that time both locally and globally.

Among all the information that is ever changing, there are a lot of alternate facts. By that I mean, false information. Just utter bull s**t.


Alternate facts (i.e false information) about COVID 19 need to be debunked.

Let's take a look at some of the misinformation out there and debunk some of the common myths.

COVID 19 cannot survive in the cold/warm


I’m not sure how this theory came to be, but regardless of the weather the average body temperature is 36-37C. Given the virus needs a host to live off of, it doesn’t matter what the outside temperature is, your body is the perfect temperature for it.


Dowsing your skin with bleach or chlorine will kill the coronavirus


This is a sure way to ruin your clothes but really has no effect on the virus that has entered your body.


Gargling salt water or rinsing your nose with it will prevent infection


It doesn’t.


Rinsing your mouth and nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections. That's all I’m going to say about that.


Eating garlic will prevent infection


The only way this is true (it is not) is because you will smell so bad no one will want to be near you. Hence social distancing, which actually does prevent COVID 19 infection.


5G networks?


A virus cannot, I’ll say it again, CANNOT travel on radio waves or mobile networks.


Take that fact and do with it as you will.


Drinking alcohol


While this may help cope with social distancing and being stuck at home in a self imposed quarantine, it has no effect on the virus. Drinking too much does have significant downsides.


Antibiotics


No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, they are only effective against bacteria.


Hydroxychloroquine


As of today, there is no specific medication that has been proven to be effective or routinely recommended to prevent or treat the new COVID 19. This is evolving rapidly.


In an era of fear and panic, it is especially important to be well informed so you can take steps to protect yourself and loved ones. Stay home, practice social distancing as much as possible, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and make sure you have accurate information from a reputable source.


Stay safe. This too shall pass.


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