Covid-19 (the corona virus), like all viruses has no cure and must run it’s course. This means that people are going to all kinds of lengths to protect themselves from becoming infected including resorting to home or “natural” cures that might be misleading. Mostly this advice is “fake news” circulated on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or on sites that allow vendors to self-publish articles.

Here are some of the more popular myths about the Covid-19 virus that have recently appeared online that could are potentially damaging to your health.

Myth: The coronavirus only affects older people.

Fact: Any person at any age can be infected by the coronavirus at any time.

Myth: Rubbing chlorine on your skin kills the coronavirus.

Fact: Rubbing chlorine on surfaces kills the coronavirus but rubbing it on your skin can cause rashes, irritations and burns and also provoke coughing due to irritated respiratory membranes.

Myth: Drinking hot liquids kills the coronavirus.

Fact: Drinking hot liquids may offer some comfort if you are congested, have a sinus headache or have  an upset stomach, but it does not kill the coronavirus.

Myth: A mixture of crushed chilies, vinegar, garlic and lemon kills the viral infections like the coronavirus.

Fact: This home remedy is anti-viral in the sense that it can help boost your immunity but it does not kill the novel coronavirus.

Myth: You can kill the virus with steam, a hair dryer, hand dryer orby sitting in a sauna.

Fact: The coronavirus dies at 56 ° C 133 ° F, and if you try to approximate that temperature with any vapors and then apply it to your skin you will burn yourself badly. Furthermore, the virus does not sit in your eyes, mouth and nose. It rapidly populates your cells and lives through your GI tract and lungs.

Myth: You need to shower with hot water after every outing or shopping trip.

Fact: You only need to shower if you have been working with the sick or if exposed parts of your body have touched counters, surfaces and walls. Otherwise, just washing your hands should be sufficient to clear you of any virus transmitted through contact, handling and the passage of money. It is best to practice social distancing rather than togo to the trouble of taking several showers a day.

Myth: Avoid eating ice or consuming cold drinks as that encourages infection and transmission of viruses.

Fact: This is an old wife’s tale. Cold drinks have no impact at all on a virus’s ability to infect you or a bacteria’s ability to give you a secondary infection.

Myth: Gargling with salt water, vinegar, lemon juice or mouthwash helps kill the virus.

Fact: The virus does not live in your throat for three days before moving to your lungs. However, gargling in general can help deal with the bacteria from a secondary infection that may be caused by the coronavirus.

Myth: Antibiotics can kill the coronavirus.

Fact: Antibiotics only kill bacteria, not the coronavirus, but may be prescribed to kill a secondary infection caused by the virus.

Myth: Pets can spread the coronavirus.

Fact: Presently there is no evidence that your pets spread the novel coronavirus to you.

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