Coronavirus surface survival is one thing; that surface causing an infection is another. Wash your hands; live your life
2/9: You can catch COVID-19 from ordering takeout food/Chinese food (or the packaging of food).
COVID-19 is a droplet related infection (like flu) not a food-borne infection (like salmonella etc.). There is no documented COVID risk with take-out food.
3/9: Going into a sauna for 20 min can kill more than 90% of viruses, including coronavirus.
There are no scientific trials to suggest the validity of this claim. On the contrary, saunas can cause pneumonias, folliculitis, etc. Read below:
4/9: If you lose your sense of smell, you have COVID.
It’s common to temporarily lose one’s sense of smell with many viral infections/allergies. It’s a non-specific symptom that may or may not happen with COVID.
5/9: Taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, as Presisent Trump recently said, preemptively is a good idea to prevent COVID.
These (experimental) drugs for coronavirus should only be used in selected COVID patients. They can sometimes cause fatal heart rhythm problems plus other side effects.
6/9: I receive messages that using garlic/lemon with hot water/onion in the room will prevent or cure COVID-19. Is it true?
No, it’s just made up stuff.
None of these substances have been scientifically tested against COVID. Don’t share such posts; they create confusion.
7/9: They have been declared a state of emergency. It must mean that we are all dying…
The state of emergency is more of a legal than a medical standard. It allows governments to access more resources (like funds) and personal.
8/9: Always change your clothes/shower after coming home. Or you will bring coronavirus to your family.
Cleanliness is a virtue; paranoia isn’t. Let’s not scare people. Our biggest return on investment is in handwashing, staying 6 feet away, avoiding large crowds, etc.
9/10: But the messages I receive are from doctors in China/Italy. Why shouldn’t I believe them?
Real doctors publish their research in scientific journals, not on social media. Lots of good research is already published. Let’s not fuel misinformation.