HuffPost compiled a number of scams and faulty advice that have been spreading amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Questionable DIY Hand Sanitizer
According to HuffPost, the World Health Organization has a recipe for DIY hand sanitizer, but a few variations have been circulating that are illegitimate. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says that soap and water is just as effective anyways.
Another suggestion making the rounds online is that natural concoctions, or even garlic, can be effective in preventing coronavirus. That is untrue as well. “If we had a solution to cure COVID-19, you’d be aware,” Ben Neuman, head of the biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana says.
Drinking water is a good practice during a pandemic or otherwise, but some are suggesting that drinking water regularly will push the virus down into your stomach acids, killing it. That is also untrue. Pushing the virus into your digestive tract would not have any positive effect, according to HuffPost.
Latex gloves are ineffective in combating coronavirus. The virus is not absorbed through the skin, and in fact could stay on the gloves and infect you later if it touches your face. Gloves also provide a false sense of security, according to Adalja.
Avoiding Packages from China
According to Neuman, “Once the virus is outside the body, the clock is ticking and the amount of intact virus drops pretty quickly.” That means packages from China, which take days to arrive, will not be likely vectors.
What you should do
The best things to do right now are frequent hand-washing, avoid touching your face, and social distancing. A deliberate attempt to slow the spread of the virus from person to person is our best shot at prevention.
Read the full article on coronavirus scams and advice from HuffPost.