SHAKE Africa's Myth Buster: COVID-19
Hey SHAKE Family!
We hope social distancing/self-isolation/quarantine is treating you well. A lot of news, information and an insane number of myths regarding Coronavirus a.k.a Rona a.k.a Coro Coro are circulating right now. In usual SHAKE fashion we’re here to DISPEL DISPEL DISPEL! So sit back, relax and let SHAKE set the record straight.
1. Only older people are affected by the virus
False - People of any age can be affected by the coronavirus. Older people, those with existing medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, etc. appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19.
That being said, there have been many instances of young people becoming severely ill from the virus so it doesn't matter if you're young or old.. wash your hands and you know.. STAY AT HOME!
2. I live in a hot country so I can't Coronavirus
It doesn’t matter if you’re in Lagos being blasted by the 40 degree sun, you still need to adopt appropriate safety measures.
From the emerging evidence, it appears that the novel coronavirus virus can be transmitted in all areas including hot and humid climates. Sorry guys, it doesn't matter if you're in the UK enduring the never-ending oscillation between rain, sun and blustering winds or you're in Lagos being blasted by the 40 degree sun - you still need to adopt appropriate safety measures. Click here to learn more on our blog about what coronavirus is and how to protect yourself.
3. Drinking Hot Water and Lemon protects against COVID-19
I’m sure by now most of us have received some variation of a long, forwarded WhatsApp message from our parents or one aunty or uncle revealing the supposed cures for COVID-19. Those messages that have you sprinkling garlic in your nostrils for breakfast.
There is one remedy that continues to top all lists. The remedy above all others. The remedy other remedies want to be.
Hot water and lemon.
Apparently, if you drink hot water and lemon Coro Coro cannot touch you!
This is false.
There is no evidence to suggest that consuming lemon can protect against coronavirus. Whilst, we’re on the topic its important to address that garlic doesn’t work either!
Unfortunately, there are currently no identified treatments or cures for coronavirus. Your body’s immune system kicks into action and fights the infection. One of the most effective preventative measures is washing your hands frequently for at least 20 secs.
Follow the WHO's seven steps of hand washing to be as thorough as possible.
4. Pneumonia vaccines protect against COVID-19
At present, none of the vaccines against pneumonia e.g. pneumococcal and haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine protect against the novel coronavirus. It is a different bug which requires its own vaccine. Scientists are currently conducting trials and studies to develop a vaccine which is a lengthy process likely to take 18-24 months using an accelerated timetable.
5. Antibiotics can prevent and treat the novel coronavirus
False. Antibiotics only work against bacteria. The new coronavirus is a virus therefore antibiotics should not be used to treat or prevent it.
Antibiotics only work against bacteria
6. I can self-treat with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine
Chloroquine should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional.
Whilst chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are being explored as potential treatments for COVID-19, there is a still a lot of research yet to be done. While Chloroquine can be used to treat malaria, it is potentially a dangerous and lethal poison if not used in the correct dose. It should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional.
7. Alcohol can kill the virus
False. Drinking alcohol will not stop you from getting the virus.
Remy Martin cannot fight Coro.
Sis. Even Uncle Dom can’t help.
Guess what can though..
Oh yeah, you guessed it…
WASHING YOUR HANDS!
So that's it guys - we hope we've cleared up a few of the COVID-19 myths. Got questions? Feel free to comment below or message us.
For now we say stay safe, stay home and wash your hands.
The team at SHAKE Africa are thinking of you!
Your friends at SHAKE Africa