WHO Busted 5 Popular Myths About Coronavirus  

Coronavirus continues to spread and so does the fear associated with it. although people are following all necessary precautions but yet it is too hard to believe anything that comes across us. There is so much false information on coronavirus circulating online. Only some of these popular things are practical such as work from home, wash hands more frequently, avoid going out in public. But much of this information online is vague and baseless.

Here are five popular online myths busted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Low temperature kills coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that there is no evidence to suggest whether or not a cold temperature could kill coronavirus. Normally the human body temperature is between 36.5 C to 37.0 C, irrespective of the outer temperature. So this temperature shift apparently doesn’t affect the coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus spreads through mosquitoes like dengue

Despite the popular controversy that coronavirus spreads through mosquitoes just like dengue, WHO falsifies it. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that there is no research that could prove that the mode of transmission of coronavirus is by mosquitoes. Instead, it is a respiratory virus and it only spreads through droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person.

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  • Rubbing alcohol and chlorine on your body would kill all viruses

While alcohol bases sanitizers are extremely helpful in controlling the spread of coronavirus, there is no evidence that it would do any help if the virus is already inside the body. In fact, chemicals like chlorine would damage the mucous membranes so it is not safe to rub alcohol and chlorine all over your body. However, these could be used to clean and disinfect the surfaces around you.

  • Gargling and rinsing the nose with normal saline will kill the virus

It is just a myth and The World Health Organization (WHO) finds no link to how saline water kills this virus. There are limited cases where rinsing the nose with normal saline has helped people to heal better from a common cold. But there is no such study in case of any other respiratory illness, especially coronavirus.

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  • Chewing garlic cloves would prevent from coronavirus

Like other mysteries, it is just a mystery and there is no actual evidence if this tip has helped anyone. But yes, garlic cloves have natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects. But there is nothing that could prove its benefits against coronavirus.

Read more myths on coronavirus explained by The World Health Organization (WHO)’s official website.



Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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