General Myths about New Corona Virus
- Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?
Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new corona virus. From previous analysis, we know viruses do not survive long on objects.
- Can pets at home spread the new corona virus (2019-nCoV)?
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new corona virus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
- Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new corona virus?
No vaccine against 2019-nCoV has been developed yet. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV. At present vaccination is available for Influenza virus but these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV. Vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
- Can eating garlic, using sesame oil or using antibiotics can prevent infection with the new corona virus?
There is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new corona virus.
No. Sesame oil does not kill the new corona virus. There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the 2019-nCoV on surfaces. These include bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, either solvents, 75% ethanol, per acetic acid and chloroform.
and antibiotics do not work against viruses, only against bacteria.