Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic - Ho Jao Free

Myth-Busters: THESE ARE THE FACTS

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the coronavirus.

Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus.

There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus.

Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.

Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the coronavirus.

 

 Note: Content is Sourced from World Health Organization