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BBC: Coronavirus Myths to Ignore
Coronavirus myths to ignore, a follow-up item which is unfortunately necessary, from the UK’s BBC News.
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Holding your breath and drinking cow urine? Reality Check’s Chris Morris busts more health myths about Covid-19 being shared online.BBC News YouTube Channel
Coronavirus Myths to Ignore
Below, the full list, for the purposes of dispelling the incorrect information spreading.
Myth 1: Holding Your Breath
There’s a claim about holding your breath for 10 seconds being a test for fibrosis. This is doubly false: it isn’t. Also, fibrosis is not a symptom of Covid-19. It’s completely false.
Myth 2: Homemade Hand Sanitiser Recipes
Beware of internet solutions for homemade hand sanitiser, says the report video. This is very true. Some of them will not be at all effective. Disinfectant for surfaces won’t work – and it will likely be harmful to your skin. Vodka won’t work – it doesn’t have sufficient alcohol content.
This hand sanitiser recipe, which is more than 60% alcohol, will work – or just purchase some from a reliable source, production is stepping up in most countries. It is posted by a medical doctor, which should be your clue. Not some random internet whacko.
Myth 3: The Covid-19 Virus can Survive on Surfaces for up to a Month
This is highly unlikely. Most experts agree that the virus can survive on surfaces. Depending on environmental factors (temperature, and etc), and the type of surface, the duration is very unlikely to be more than three or four days, unless conditions are extremely favourable, in which case, it might be a maximum of nine days.
Even then, the risk of contamination is very low after 72 hours.
NOT A MYTH: Wash your hands; try not to touch your face. You can see why, above.
Myth 4: Cow Urine
Apparently some people believe cows’ urine has medicinal properties and can “ward off” coronavirus and other diseases. Scientists disagree. There is no evidence for this whatsoever.
You are best off washing your hands.
So What Should I Do?
- Wash your hands very thoroughly, and often;
- Try not to touch your face;
- Minimize contact with people outside of your household – as far as is practically possible;
- If you show symptoms (persistent cough, elevated temperature, shortness of breath) isolate yourself, in order to reduce exposing others to the virus.
In This Story: Covid-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
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