COVID-19 Tips, Myths and Facts

There are many precautions one can take to stay healthy to prevent general illness, as well as the Coronavirus. Here are some tips from our medical staff: 

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.  

  2. Contain your cough and sneezes by using a tissue or your elbow instead of your hands.  

  3. Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  4. Get a flu shot right away if you haven’t received one yet this season. 

  5. Do not share any drink or food with others. 

  6. Clean and disinfect your environments at home, work and in your vehicle. 

  7. Avoid contact with those who are sick. 

  8. If you are a loved one is sick, stay home to prevent the spread of germs. 

COVID-19 Myth vs Fact

Myth: The coronavirus remains in the throat for four days, causing sore throat and coughing before it reaches the lungs. Drinking a lot of water and gargling with warm water and salt or vinegar makes the symptoms less severe and can eliminate the virus.   
Reality: Gargling with warm water may make a sore throat feel better, but it will not kill COVID-19. In addition, there is no data to support that hydration lessens the symptoms.   

Myth: You can use a blow dryer aimed at your nose and eyes to kill COVID-19.  
Reality: Blow dryers or other heat sources do not kill COVID-19. Continue to practice excellent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and practicing physical distancing wherever possible.  

Myth: Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline helps prevent infection with the new coronavirus?   
Reality: No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.   

Myth: Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?    
Reality: Garlic is a heathy 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.    


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