Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Mayo Clinic: Debunking COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Myths

The Mayo Clinic debunks myths about the COVID-19 outbreak:
Chances are you've heard about a food, drug or other method that claims to prevent, treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But while it might be tempting to use a questionable product or method to stay healthy during the pandemic, it's extremely unlikely to work and might cause serious harm.

COVID-19 treatment and prevention myths

While researchers are studying many COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, none has been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. Any claims that a medication, herbal supplement or other substance can prevent or cure COVID-19 are bogus. Likewise, misinformation continues to circulate about ways to treat COVID-19.
Here are some of the substances and products that have been touted as ways to prevent or treat COVID-19 — and what the science says:
·         Pneumonia and flu vaccines. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as the pneumococcal vaccine, don't provide protection against COVID-19. The flu shot also won't protect you against COVID-19.

·         Saline nasal wash. There is no evidence that rinsing your nose with saline protects against infection with COVID-19.

·         High temperatures. Exposure to the sun or to temperatures higher than 77 F (25 C) doesn't prevent or cure COVID-19. You can get COVID-19 in sunny, hot and humid weather. Taking a hot bath also can't prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains the same, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower.

·         Low temperatures. Cold weather and snow also can't kill COVID-19.

·         Antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. However, people hospitalized due to COVID-19 might be given antibiotics because they also have developed a bacterial infection.

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