WHO (World Health Organization) myth busters: 2019 n-Cov advice for the public
No, garlic won't protect you from coronavirus.
World Health Organization is trying to stop the spread of false information about the coronavirus that is popping up on social media.
WHO has taken to its social media platforms to bust myths claiming that garlic and sesame oil can kill this particular strand of coronavirus and other bogus information?
Let's check the FAQs below:
Q: Does putting on or eating sesame oil block the 2019-nC0V from entering the body?
Sesame oil is delicious but it does not kill 2019-nCoV.
Q: Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
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 novel coronavirus.
Q: Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the novel coronavirus.
There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing the 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.
Q: Is it safe to receive a letter or package from China?
Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting 2019-nCoV.
From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
Q: Can pets at home spread the novel coronavirus?
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs, cats can be infected with the virus.
However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
Q: Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.
The 2019-nC0V is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
Q: Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
Vaccines against pneumonia do not provide protection against 2019-nCoV.
The virus is new and different. It needs its own vaccine.
Q: Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?
There's currently no known preventative medication or treatment or coronavirus.
Q: Can smoke and gas from fireworks and firecrackers prevent 2019-nCov?
Fumes form fireworks do not kill coronavirus.