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There is no evidence that drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus: WHO

There is no evidence that drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus: WHO

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 March 2020 7:37 AM GMT

GUWAHATI: With lots of myths floating around, WHO comes up with Fact or Fiction around the new coronavirus.

Q. Am I likely to get COVID-19 is I swim in a swimming pool?

Fact: Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from al crowded areas including crowded swimming pools. Keep 1 metre distance from people who sneeze or cough even in a swimming area.

Q. Does eating rasam or curry protect from COVID-19?

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that rasam or curry protects from the virus.

To protect yourself:

• Regularly wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or, and then dispose the tissue immediately.

• Keep 1 metre distance from someone sneezing or coughing

Q. Does drinking lots of water every 15 mins flush out the new coronavirus and protects against COVID-19?

Fact: There is no evidence that drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus.

However, for good health in general, it is recommended that people should have 8 glasses of water every day.

Q. Does lemon or turmeric prevent COVID-19?

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that lemon/turmeric prevents COVID-19. In general, however, WHO recommends consuming adequate fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

Q. Does sunlight kill the new coronavirus?

Fact: There is no evidence that sunlight kills the new coronavirus.

Q. Does eating frozen foods and ice-cream spread the new coronavirus?

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that eating hygienically made frozen food and ice-cream spreads the new coronavirus.

Q. Only a dry cough is a symptom of COVID-19. If I have a runny nose or sputum, I do not have COVID-19. Is this correct?

Fact: No this is not correct. Some patients with COVID-19 do show a runny nose or sputum as symptoms.

Q. Eating chicken causes the spread of the new coronavirus.

Fact: Eating hygienically prepared and well-cooked chicken is safe and does not cause the spread of the new coronavirus.

Q. Eating mango cures the new coronavirus as the acids in the fruit kill it.

Fact: No. There is no scientific evidence that mango kills the new coronavirus. However, WHO recommends consuming adequate fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

Q. Does durian protect from COVID-19?

Fact: No. There is no scientific evidence that durian protects from COVID-19. However, WHO recommends consuming adequate fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

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