By Laura Rivera
Can you get coronavirus from bills? Can the virus survive in warm weather?
The outbreak of COVID-19, as known as coronavirus, has given way to a slew of rumors that only confuse people. That’s why the WHO* World Health Organization wants to debunk all these myths.
1. Are older people at greater risk?
The virus can affect people of all ages, but older people with conditions like asthma are more prone to developing worse symptoms if they get infected.
2. Can you get infected from a mosquito bite?
This new virus cannot be transmitted by the bite of any insect species. It is a respiratory virus, that can only spread via direct contact with an infected person’s saliva when they cough or sneeze. However, the coronavirus can survive for a couple of hours on surfaces like coins, bills, and other general objects touched by an infected person, although in this case, the risk of contagion is very low.
3. Can COVID-19 spread through the air?
Contrary to what many people think, the new coronavirus can’t spread through long distances in the air, so don’t worry.
4. Can extreme temperatures kill the coronavirus?
The WHO states that weather conditions don’t affect the virus in any way. Neither the cold, the snow, or the heat can kill or stop the virus from spreading.
5. Can putting your hands under a public bathroom hot air dryer kill COVID-19?
Believe it or not, there are rumors that doing this can help kill the virus. But this isn’t true: there is no single action that can kill the virus.
6. Can pets spread the coronavirus?
There is no proof that the virus can affect pets. However, it’s still recommended that you wash your hands after touching them to protect yourself from any other kind of bacteria.
7. Is there any medication to prevent or treat COVID-19?
The answer is no. There is still no medication to fight the virus.
If you become infected, it’s essential to go to a hospital, to get the appropriate care and treat the symptoms.
And don’t forget that the best way to prevent infection is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your face.
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