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      Coronavirus (COVID-19)

      Myth or Fact?

      MYTH OR FACT?

      AptaAdvantage is here to help you debunk some of the most common myths on coronavirus.

      Myth

      THE CORONAVIRUS DOESN'T EXIST IN HOT AND HUMID CLIMATES

      Fact

      Unfortunately, from the evidence so far, the Coronavirus can be transmitted everywhere, including places with hot and humid weather. That's why it's important to follow WHO's 7 protective rules wherever you live or might be travelling to.

      Myth

      COLD WEATHER ELIMINATES THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      The human body, where the virus thrives has an average temperature of around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. So cold weather does not eliminate the Coronavirus. To better protect your baby and yourself, follow the WHO's 7 protective rules.

       

      Myth

      GIVING MY CHILD A HOT BATH WILL HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Giving a hot bath to your little one will not prevent them from catching the virus. Their body temperature stays at 36.5°C tp 37°C, regardless of the temperature of the bath or shower. Also be careful when giving a hot bath, because very hot water is harmful to your child. 

      Myth

      THE CORONAVIRUS CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MOSQUITO BITES.

      Fact

      There has been no evidence to date to suggest that the Coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. 

      Myth

      THERMAL SCANNERS CAN DETECT INFANTS INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Thermal scanners are useful for a fever in a child (i.e. they have a temperature) possibly due to infection with the Coronavirus or due to other reasons. However, they cannot detect children who are infected but don't have feverish symptoms. This is because children sometimes won't show feverish symptoms at all, or because it takes between 2-10 days for people infected with the Coronavirus to develop into a fever with high temperatures.

      Myth

      RINSING MY CHILD'S NOSE WITH SALINE SOLUTION HELPS PREVENT CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.

      Fact

      There is no evidence that regularly rinsing with saline solution protects your tot from respiratory infections such as the Coronavirus. Yet, regularly rinsing their nose with saline solution can help them recover from a common cold.

      Myth

      THE CORONAVIRUS DOESN'T AFFECT YOUNG PEOPLE.

      Fact

      People of all ages can be infected with the Coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill from the virus.

      The WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, find out more about WHO's 7 protective rules.

      Myth

      ANTIBIOTICS PREVENT AND TREAT THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only against bacteria. Therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment for a Coronavirus infection. However, in the case of hospitalization, a patient may receive antibiotics because of bacterial co-infection (being infected by bacteria and virus at the same time).

      Myth

      THERE ARE ALREADY MEDICATIONS TAHT PREVENT OR TREAT A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.

      Fact

      Unfortunately to date there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the new Coronavirus. The WHO is currently working with institutions around the world to accelerate research and develop a vaccine and treatment as soon as possible. The best way to fight the virus is with our own antibodies and those infected with the virus should receive immediate care to relieve the symptoms.

      Myth

      PNEUMONIA VACCINES CAN PROTECT YOU AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the Coronavirus.

      The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and the WHO supports their efforts.

      Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect you and your little one's health.

      Myth

      HAND DRYERS ELIMINATE THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Hand dryers are completely infeffective at eliminating the Coronavirus. To protect yourself and your child against the Coronavirus, you should follow the WHO's 7 protective rules.

      Myth

      ULTRAVIOLET INFECTION LAMPS KILL THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      UV lamps should not be used to sterilize your child's hands or other area of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.

      Myth

      SPRAYING ALCOHOL OR CHLORINE ALL OVER YOUR BODY KILLS THE.

      Fact

      It is very dangerous to spray alcohol or chlorine all over your child's body as it can be harmful to the skin. Also it won't kill the viruses that have already entered the body. Be aware that while alcohol and chlorine can be used to disinfect surfaces, they need to be used appropriately.

      Myth

      EATING GARLIC CAN HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.

      Fact

      Garlic is healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has ever prtoected people from the Coronavirus, adults and infants alike.

       

      BE CAREFUL AND STAY SAFE!


       

      STAY INFORMED AND FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE!

      It is very important for you to be aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website and through MOH. Please check them on a regular basis. Always seek advice from trustworthy, reliable sources for you and your baby. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Contact a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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