COVID-19 and the new coronavirus - Fact versus fiction

Here are some coronavirus facts to address the fiction, as misinformation spreads online.

1. Antibiotics can prevent and treat it


Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

They will not prevent or treat infection with the new coronavirus.

There are currently no proven medicines for COVID-19

but paracetamol and aspirin can help relieve symptoms.

2. Hand dryers are effective in killing it


Hand dryers are not effective against COVID-19.

But frequently cleaning your hands is.

3. It is a respiratory virus


Some rumors claim it spreads through mosquito bites and Chinese food.

But COVID-19 primarily spreads via droplets

when someone coughs, sneezes or breathes out,

or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

4. Cold weather, hot baths and garlic helps


There is no evidence behind these claims

or that COVID-19 will be affected by weather or seasons.

5. You should spray alcohol or chlorine over your body


There is no evidence to back these claims.

Good hygiene practices including frequent hand washing

and avoiding close social contact can help reduce the risk of infection.