As of Monday, the coronavirus COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV, which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 73,000 and caused at least 1,873 deaths. Medical institutes and governments are preparing for any possible wide spread of the virus, and people may be feeling panic reading reports on the virus.
A fear of being infected has led to a rise of various reports and rumors about the spread of coronavirus and how to protect yourself from infection. Unfortunately, many of them are harmful or racist and aren’t heling protect anyone. I searched for the rumors appeared on the internet and would like to share them with you today.
Vaccine and cure?
There is not a vaccine on the virus produced so far, nor have scientists found a cure for the disease. Now doctors are trying ways to release the symptoms to help patients feel better, and the disease is cured mainly because of the patient’s immunity by now.
Chinese food and mails from China?
For most Chinese restaurants in the US, they’re sourcing food from the US. It’s unlikely that you get the disease from Chinese food.
If you are questioning whether or not to buy something made in China, just think about what a product has to go through in order to arrive in the US. It takes weeks to go before a product from China arrives at your home, and the chance that virus can survive that is very low.
Boiled garlic, vitamin C, and chlorine dioxide?
There’re also rumors that you can prevent or cure the virus by taking in boiled garlic, vitamin C, and chlorine dioxide.
There is no evidence that any of these can help, and drinking chlorine dioxide, for example, bleach, is extremely dangerous for you. When products made from chlorine dioxide mix with acids like citric acid, the toxic chlorine dioxide will be made, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Chlorine dioxide kits are sold online under names like Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, or Master Mineral Solution, often referred to as MMS.
It’s important to understand the facts about the coronavirus, and know how to spot what information is inaccurate so it can be reported and not circulated further. Read news from trustable sources, like CDC reports or national news stations, and double check the source of information if it’s from social media.