Gaya Hidup Miscellaneous

The Coronavirus Myths That Went Viral


Public Health England has warned against using ‘rapid’ testing kits that promise swift results in around ten minutes, compared with NHS tests that can take several hours. It says the results were found not to be reliable.


People have also been told not to fall for a self-test which involves holding your breath. The Department for Health and Social Care has warned about anonymous online posts that claim to come from Japanese doctors, recommending holding your breath as a way of testing for Covid-19.

The theory is that if you can hold your breath for around 20 seconds without coughing, tightness or discomfort, then this proves your lungs are functioning properly, so therefore you are not infected.

However, the Department of Health says there is no basis for this claim; you should instead consult for official advice on the outbreak.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that all the evidence suggests coronavirus can be transmitted anywhere, including places with hot and humid weather. There is also no evidence to suggest that the disease can be killed by cold or snowy conditions.

‘There has been some confusion regarding seasonality and coronavirus,’ says Trudie Lang, a professor of global health at the University of Oxford.

‘In fact, the issue is simply that when the spring and summer come along, normal cases of flu will drop off, relieving the burden on the NHS, which will be better able to deal with coronavirus.’

The best way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is by frequently washing your hands — this removes viruses that could be on your skin and avoids infection that could occur if you then touch your mouth, nose and eyes.


French authorities yesterday warned that taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs to help with coronavirus symptoms could worsen the situation. 

The country’s health minister, Olivier Veran, a neurologist, tweeted on Saturday: ‘Anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen, cortisone) could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol. If you already take anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.’

Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash, an associate professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, says: ‘Most deaths from Covid-19 have been among older people and those with underlying health conditions.

‘We already know non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen should be prescribed with caution for people who have underlying health conditions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends prescribing the lowest dose for the shortest duration to prevent adverse effects such as gastro-intestinal bleeding and cardiovascular or kidney problems.

‘For Covid-19, research is needed into the effects of specific NSAIDs among people with different underlying health conditions, which takes into account the severity of infection.

‘In the meantime, for treating symptoms such as fever and sore throat, it seems sensible to stick to paracetamol as first choice.’


Vitamin C became known as a popular immune-boosting supplement after twice-Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling claimed that taking large doses of it could not only prevent the common cold but also protect against severe illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. 

Recent research suggests taking an average dose of 200mg of vitamin C does reduce the duration of a cold in the general population, according to a review of several dozen studies in 2013 cited by independent fact-checking charity

However, there was no evidence it could prevent the common cold. Similarly, there’s no evidence it can prevent Covid-19.


‘There’s no evidence that one gender or racial group is more likely to be infected by the coronavirus than another,’ says GP Steve Cox.

‘Some of my patients also ask me if they are more likely to catch coronavirus from Chinese people — and the answer is No. All the data we have so far suggests that everyone is equally at risk of becoming infected. 

However, evidence suggests that children — aged 16 and under — are generally very mildly affected. Those most at risk of dying or developing severe cases are people with underlying health conditions, such as respiratory problems.’


Gargling with warm water mixed with salt or vinegar can help to eliminate the virus, which lodges in the throat before it reaches the lungs, according to one post doing the rounds on Facebook.

There is no evidence of any scientific basis to this advice, according to the independent fact-checking charity

The NHS does recommend that gargling with salt water can soothe a normal sore throat, but this advice does not apply to those with coronavirus, for which there is no known cure.

The WHO has also said that there is no evidence that rinsing your nose with a saline solution will help to prevent infection with coronavirus.


‘I really wouldn’t recommend this,’ says GP Steve Cox. ‘It would be very easy to get the ingredients and proportions wrong. 

And there’s no need — washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water is the best way of preventing the spread of this virus.’


199 Replies to “The Coronavirus Myths That Went Viral

  1. fantastic post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  2. great post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  3. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks|

  4. Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to grasp so much about this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something. I think that you simply could do with a few % to force the message home a bit, but instead of that, that is wonderful blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.|

  5. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.|

  6. I simply wished to thank you very much yet again. I do not know what I would have undertaken without these thoughts shared by you regarding this subject matter. It was before the scary scenario in my position, nevertheless taking note of this specialized technique you solved the issue took me to weep with happiness. Now i’m thankful for your support and thus trust you really know what an amazing job you were putting in training the mediocre ones via your webpage. Most probably you haven’t met any of us.

  7. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything in this way just before. So nice to find somebody with original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website are some things that is required on the net, an individual after a little originality. useful work for bringing a new challenge towards world wide web!

  8. Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of information on your site.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed an excellent job. I will certainly digg it
    and for my part suggest to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be
    benefited from this web site.

  9. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping
    maybe you would have some experience with something like
    this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  10. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this fantastic blog!

    I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my
    Facebook group. Chat soon!

  11. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this information for my mission.|

  12. Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.|

  13. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.

    I will always bookmark your blog and may come
    back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice afternoon!

  14. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of
    volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same
    niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have
    done a extraordinary job! ps4 games allenferguson ps4 games

  15. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  16. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that
    you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more
    formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield
    this increase.

  17. I’m really impressed with your writing abilities and also with the format in your weblog.
    Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s uncommon to
    see a great weblog like this one today..

  18. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!|

  19. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be
    a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83
    views. I know this is completely off topic but I had
    to share it with someone!

  20. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  21. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to
    “return the favor”.I am trying to find things to
    improve my website!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  22. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this
    article together. I once again find myself spending way too much
    time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still

  23. I know this web site offers quality depending articles
    or reviews and additional material, is there any other web page which provides
    these kinds of information in quality?

  24. Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?

  25. Hi there! This article could not be written much better!

    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this post to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Pingback: tinder for macbook
  27. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult to get that “perfect balance” between usability and appearance. I must say that you’ve done a superb job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari. Outstanding Blog!

  28. scoliosis
    Hi there, yup this piece of writing is truly good and
    I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.
    thanks. scoliosis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *