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Myth Busters-Covid-19 Corona Virus(According to WHO)

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The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.


Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.


Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.


Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.


Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.

Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.


Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. 


Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.


Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.


Source : https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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COVID-19 Corona virus Impact On Different Climates-(According to WHO)

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COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.



Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.



Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.



Source :https://www.who.int/emergencies/
diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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Corona virus Must Know Informations

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2019 Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV)

What is 2019-nCoV ?
A family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) and common cold are termed as coronaviruses. A new virus which has been named 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus) is the cause of disease outbreak in China. The disease caused by this virus is known as COVID – 19 where ‘CO’ stands
for Corona, ‘VI’ stands for Virus and ‘D’ for disease.

Where did 2019-nCoV come from ?
Novel Corona virus is supposed to have been spread from an infected animal to humans. This might have originated from seafood market where wildlife was being sold illegally. Bats or snakes are the possible sources as per scientists.

What are the Symptoms ?
Symptoms of infection in a person after getting infected may take up to 2-14 days to appear.
Some of the symptoms are:
 Difficulty in Breathing
 Cough
 Fever
Symptoms of new corona virus can be severe and may lead to death. Majority of the people who have got infected with this virus are people with some existing medical conditions or senior citizens.

How does Corona virus transmits ?
The identified ways of transmission of this virus are following:
 Having close contact with person who is already infected
 If an infected person sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets released may spread this virus.

How is Corona Virus Diagnosed ?
In India, following technique is used to diagnose corona virus:

RT-PCR Technique : Firstly, doctor takes sample of nasopharyngeal swabs (secretion from nose and upper throat) of the suspected patient. Then using RT-PCR laboratory technique, reverse transcription of RNA is combined into DNA that leads to molecular diagnosis of coronavirus.

There are many labs in india which provides tests for corona virus you can find certified labs here.

Prevention:

Currently no vaccination is available for Corona Virus. So, prevention is the only option.
Following are the ways through which corona virus can be prevented from spreading :
 Hands should be washed often with soap of an alcohol based sanitizer.
 If someone is sick, he should avoid going to public places.
 Close contact with already infected person should be avoided.
 While sneezing or coughing, mouth and nose should be properly covered.
 Eyes, nose and mouth shouldn’t be touched with unwashed hands.

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