Coronavirus can’t be transmitted in hot climates


Covid-19 can be transmitted in all areas, including those with hot weather. Nor is there reason to believe that the virus can be klled in cold weather and snow. Putting your hands under heaters or UV radiation will not affect transmission. The human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C (98.6°F) regardless of external conditions, so seasonal changes or taking hot or cold baths do not affect the virus or influence transmission. The best way to protect yourself is to frequently clean your hands and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

Chlorine kills the virus


Spraying yourself with chlorine is not recommended and will not kill the virus, nor will alcohol help. On the contrary, spraying these substances on a person can be harmful. It is helpful to use alcohol and chlorine to disinfect surfaces.

The illness can be transmitted via parcels from China


Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

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Coronavirus can be transmitted by pets


There is no evidence to suggest that family pets can be infected but it is a good idea to wash hands when coming in contact with pets to protect yourself against other bacteria, such as e.coli and salmonella.

Mosquito bites and transmission


There is no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted by mosquito bites. It is a respiratory virus which spreads through droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, sweats, spits or through mucus discharge from the nose. Clean your hands frequently and avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

Thermal scanners can detect the virus

True and false

Thermal scanners can detect people who have a fever because of infection, but they can’t detect those who are infected without a fever because it takes between two and 10 days before people infected become sick and develop a fever.

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The virus kills mainly old people

True and false

People of all ages can be infected, however those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and weakened immune systems are more vulnerable. People of all ages should protect themselves with good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene.

Antibiotics, pneumonia vaccines can’t treat the virus


There is no specific medicine to date that can treat the new coronavirus and antibiotics can’t help. Those infected can receive care to treat symptoms. Research is currently being conducted to find a vaccine.