COVID-19 Myths Busted


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Tips and tricks to preventing COVID-19 abound but how many of them are actually verified? We bring you answers to some common questions raised online!

Q1. Do vaccines against pneumonia protect me against COVID-19?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against COVID-19. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

Q2. Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over my body kill COVID-19?

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 (ie. eyes, mouth).

Q3. Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?

Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

Q4. Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating COVID-19?

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. However, if you are hospitalised for COVID-19, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

Q5. Are there any specific medicines/TCM to prevent or treat COVID-19?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimised supportive care.

Q6. Can drinking hot water prevent COVID-19?

There is no evidence that drinking hot water can prevent COVID-19. CDC recommends avoiding sharing of personal household items such as drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes and towels. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Q7. Can I microwave or steam my disposable mask so that I can use it again?

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, programme leader for infectious diseases at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, commented that masks are meant to be used once. Microwaving or steaming is likely to damage them and reduce their protectiveness.

Q8. Can eating garlic or ginger help prevent COVID-19?

Garlic may have some antimicrobial properties and is known to be good for wellness properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic or ginger has protected people from the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Q9. Are hand dryers effective in killing COVID-19?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the COVID-19. You should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol- based hand rub or wash them with soap and water and then dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

Q10. Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill COVID-19?

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

Arm yourself with facts to protect your loved ones and yourself more adequately. If you are feeling unwell, get timely medical attention and stay at home. Our 24/7 teleconsultation service with express medicine delivery is here to help.

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