Myths about CURE

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus ?
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
Source: World Health Organization
Ethiopia's tradition medicine experts have developed a domestic treatment drug to cure COVID - 19.
There is no cure for COVID - 19 in Ethiopia nor anywhere in the world. However Ethiopian Minister of Health announced there is a research study on the impact of traditional medicines on COVID - 19.
Do anti-malaria and HIV treatment drugs work agains COVID -19 ?
There are no FDA - approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. At present, clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplementary oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated. An array of drugs approved for other indications as well as several investigational drugs are being studied in several hundred clinical trials that are underway across the globe
Source: CDC
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.
Source: World Health Organization
A special formula of mixed herbs is believed to be a remedy for COVID - 19.
Although most of the herbs added in the mix boost the immune system and some have antimicrobial properties, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that having the mix once a day, everyday protects people from the new coronavirus.

Myths about PREVENTION

Taking a hot bath prevents from being infected with 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.
Source: World Health Organization
The soap you use to wash your hands needs to have anti-bacterial properties.
No. You can use any soap. COVID - 19 is a disease caused by a virus. A soap that kills bacteria doesn't have any added value for the fight against COVID - 19. It is all the same.
Source: U.S Food and Drugs Administration
Wearing gloves at all time is the best way of protecting yourself from COVID - 19.
Wearing gloves is “probably not effective” in preventing the spread of the virus, Dr. Esper said, “because then what are you doing with them? Eventually, the gloves themselves become contaminated.” Most gloves have minute holes, Dr. Meissner said. “Just simple hand washing with soap and water is the most time-tested and the most effective intervention.”
Source : The New York Times
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help avoid being infected with COVID - 19.
Drinking water cannot stop you from catching the virus. It can only make you feel better if you are ill.
Source: WebMD
Taking vitamin C supplements can prevent you from COVID - 19.
While physicians and researchers are studying the effects of high dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C on the new coronavirus, no supplement, including vitamin C, can prevent or treat COVID-19.
Source: Healthline
Nasal rinsing can protect you from coronavirus.
There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from 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.
Source: World Health Organization
We should expect a vaccine for COVID - 19 in a month time.
There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months.
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Myths about SPREAD

2019-nCoV is more contagious and spreading faster than any other pathogen.
Not even close. The measles virus is one example of a virus that is much more contagious than the 2019-nCoV. The only reason why the measles virus may not seem like it has spread as quickly during recent outbreaks is because, most people are already vaccinated against the measles.
Source: Forbes
Mosquito bites can cause COVID - 19.
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.
Source: World Health Organization
House pets might have it and can easily spread it to humans.
We do not have evidence that pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
Source: CDC
African descent are genetically resistant to coronavirus.
Coronavirus infects everyone who comes in contact with it. There is not scientific evidence of any specific genetic resistance towards this virus.
Source: Snopes
Packages from china are spreading COVID - 19.
As of this writing, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is low since it has likely traveled over several days and been exposed to different temperatures and conditions during transit.
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Myths about DIAGNOSIS

Thermal scanners can detect new coronavirus infection in people.
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever because of infection with the new coronavirus. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
Source: World Health Organization
If you can hold your breath without coughing your safe!
There is no scientific evidence of detecting it with this technique.
Source: Snopes