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What exactly does not help in the fight against coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has already managed to spread myths and speculation, which certainly will not help you cope with the infection. Here are the rebuttals of the main ones:

Antibiotics are absolutely ineffective in the fight against the virus. This applies not only to COVID-19, but also to any viral infections - antibiotics only kill bacteria. At the same time, doctors do sometimes prescribe antibiotics to people hospitalized in connection with a new type of coronavirus, but for the treatment of concomitant bacterial infections.
A hot bath does not help from infection. Whether you feel unwell or “freeze” you — warming yourself in a warm bath is undoubtedly pleasant, but it will not help to cope with COVID-19. At the same time, taking too hot a bath or washing your hands with almost boiling water can leave thermal burns on the body.


The other extreme - the cold - also does not help to cope with the disease. There is no reason to believe that staying outdoors in cold weather helps fight a new coronavirus infection or other diseases, according to the WHO.
There is no vaccine yet. Prevention drugs too. The vaccine for the new disease is still not ready, and scientists say that it can only appear by the middle of 2021. In view of this, some experts predict the complication of the situation with coronavirus in the summer of 2020 - details can be found in a separate HB material.

 

Garlic is unlikely to help. Experts of the World Health Organization note that garlic is really healthy and has antimicrobial properties, but its effectiveness as a means of preventing and combating coronavirus has not been confirmed.
Gargling with saline or rinsing your nose with it will not protect you. Scientific evidence does not confirm the effectiveness of this method, however, WHO experts admit that some studies show that salt lavage can accelerate recovery from a common cold. However, for the prevention of coronavirus this will not help.
Information that domestic animals may be carriers of the new coronavirus has not been confirmed. However, after contact with them, you must wash your hands with soap or treat them with an alcohol-containing product, as animals can be infected with bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella.


Using ultraviolet lamps or treating the body surface with alcohol will not help either. The former can cause skin irritation, and ethanol will not cope with the virus if it has already entered the body.
Mosquitoes do not transmit coronavirus along with a bite. There is no confirmed information about COVID-19 infection through mosquito bites. The main proven method of transmission of infection is the airborne droplet, that is, when inhaling drops from the respiratory tract of a sick person, when he coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by drops of saliva or secretions from the nose of an infected person.
Infection cannot be transmitted through parcels from China or other countries with outbreaks of coronavirus. WHO experts note that COVID-19 "is extremely unlikely" to survive on the open surface of an item after being transported over long distances under various weather conditions and temperature conditions. At the same time, coronavirus is really capable of maintaining activity on surfaces up to several days.
Electric hand dryers will definitely not kill the virus. But washed hands should definitely be dried with a paper towel or the same electric dryer - in addition, there is no information on the World Health Organization website that the latter can, on the contrary, accelerate the spread of infection.

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