Facts not fear: Busting common myths about COVID-19

Not everything you hear about coronavirus (COVID-19) is true, seek advice and information from trusted sources as myths and rumors can be dangerous.

MYTH: Cold weather, ice and snow kill the new coronavirus

FACT: There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases.

MYTH: Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus disease

FACT: Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.

MYTH: The virus can be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases

FACT: Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures.

MYTH: Mosquito bites transmit the virus

FACT: No. The virus is primarily spread by close contact through the respiratory secretions.

MYTH: Hand dryers effectively kill the virus

FACT: No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19.

FACT: Eating garlic prevents infection with COVID-19

MYTH: Garlic is 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 new coronavirus.