COVID-19 – Myths vs Facts

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.
  • Thermal Scanners. Methods for recording temperature may be beneficial in detecting the presence of a fever but they cannot detect the presence of COVID-19. There are many potential causes of fever. Moreover, pain medication may reduce a person’s temperature whilst they still remain unwell or infectious.
  • Infections from packages. The risk of contracting coronavirus from packages is considered very low. The virus 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.
  • Drinking Alcohol. Drinking alcohol does not protect you from COVID-19 but drinking to excess can damage your health.

The World Health Organisation provide more information on common myths here.