COVID-19 – Myths vs Facts
The need to fight against confusion and misinformation continues. Some areas that have required clarification include:
- Eating garlic. Whilst garlic is considered a healthy food item with some antimicrobial properties, there are no indications that it will treat or improve health outcomes for anyone with the COVID-19.
- Vaccination. Pneumococcal and Influenza virus vaccines will only protect you against the relevant infections (streptococcus pneumoniae and strains of Influenza including H1N1, respectively) they will not be effective against the new coronavirus. Vaccines are recommended to maintain respiratory health, however, a specific vaccine for the COVID-19 is yet to be developed.
- Infections from packages. There is no risk for people receiving post from China. The coronavirus cannot survive for very long on packages, particularly for any arriving to Gibraltar.
- Rinsing your nose with saline. There is no evidence to suggest that rinsing your nose with saline (salty water) will provide any protection against respiratory infections, including the coronavirus infection. It may however provide some relief if you have nasal symptoms with a common cold.
- Gargling with mouthwash. There is no evidence to suggest that using mouthwash will prevent the spread of infection. Certain mouthwashes are able to kill microbes for a few minutes in the saliva in your mouth. This is however, not sustained, and does not present a viable solution to preventing a coronavirus infection.