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COVID-19: breaking down the myths

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic TAIMI is debunking the popular rumors surrounding the new strain of coronavirusThe number of COVID-19 infections and deaths continues to climb around the globe. Recently, TAIMI reminded all its users to wash their hands frequently and follow the instructions from CDC in order to prevent the spread of virus.

As the world’s first LGBTQI+ Social Network and Dating App, TAIMI wants to underline the fact that LGBT+ people are more vulnerable to coronavirus (according to a letter published by the LGBT National Cancer Network and signed by more than a hundred local and national organizations in the U.S.)The open letter says there are three factors that endanger LGBT+ peoplethe prevalence of smoking in the LGBT+ communityhigher rates of HIV and cancerbarriers to healthcare that mean LGBT+ people are reluctant to seek medical treatmentToday, we want to separate fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19. In response to the rise in fake news and misinformation about the virus, the World Health Organization put together a team to track down the myths and dispel them with solid facts.Here is the list from WHO of common myths and TRUE facts about COVID-19.MYTH: Only older people are affected by COVID-19FACT: 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.MYTH: Antibiotics are effective treatment the new coronavirusFACT: 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.MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can kill the new coronavirusFACT: 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.MYTH: COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climatesFACT: 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.MYTH: Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus diseaseFACT: 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.MYTH: Eating garlic can help prevent infection with the new coronavirusFACT: 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.
A reminder to everyone: wash your hands and use hand sanitizers as often as possible. Stay safe and if you have any symptoms follow WHO and CDC instructions! Self-isolation has been proven the most successful tool in fighting the new coronavirus, so please be sure to stay home if necessary!

By TAIMI on March 12, 2020.Canonical linkExported from Medium on July 7, 2020.

Updated on Aug 17, 2020

Posted on Mar 12, 2020.

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