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Navigating the coronavirus-2019 (covid-19 or 2019-nCoV) Separating Fact from Fiction to Keep Our Community Healthy and Informed

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On this website you can find information and links to resources under guidance of the World Health Organization, The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019.

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dispelling the myths

Separating Fact from Fiction

(About the NEW strand of Coronavirus, also know as Novel Cotonavirus, Coronavirus-2019, COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV)

(Source: The World Health Organization; https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters)

  • Can cold weather and snow kill the NEW coronavirus disease?
  • Does taking hot baths prevent the NEW coronavirus disease?
  • Can the NEW coronavirus be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting NEW coronavirus cases?
  • Can the NEW coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites?
  • Are hand dryers effective in killing the NEW coronavirus?
  • Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the NEW coronavirus?
  • How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the NEW coronavirus?
  • Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the NEW coronavirus?
  • Can pets at home spread the NEW coronavirus?
  • Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the NEW coronavirus?
  • Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the NEW coronavirus?
  • Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the NEW coronavirus?
  • Does the NEW coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?
  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the NEW coronavirus?
  • Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the NEW coronavirus?
  • Do you need a mask to protect yourself from the virus?
  • Will any kind of hand sanitizer kill the virus?
  • Should I make my own hand sanitizer?
  • Is it safe to eat Chinese food?
  • Does my melanin protect me from the NEW coronavirus? I don't see any African Americans, or African's with it.

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Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.
Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures. If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus? (or windex...)
No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO (World Health Organization) advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #2019nCoV
You do not need a face mask to protect yourself from the virus.

The CDC doesn’t recommend routinely wearing a mask if you’re well, since respiratory viruses often spread from person-to-person among close contacts (within six feet). Certain models of professional masks like the N95 are recommended for health care workers caring for infected patients, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

But for the general public without respiratory illness, it’s not recommended wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks, the health care center said, since they don’t fit tightly and can still allow infected droplets into the nose, mouth, or eyes. Reference Article "Coronavirus myths about symptoms and spread are all over social media. Here are the facts."

Using hand sanitizer might not kill the virus.

The best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, according to the CDC.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, the institute said. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can “quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs,” the CDC said. Reference Article "Coronavirus myths about symptoms and spread are all over social media. Here are the facts."

you should not make your own hand sanitizer.

No, you should not. Experts recommend forgoing this mini science experiment since it can be “unwise, dangerous, even,” according to what one medical professor told The Guardian, since the homemade concoctions can be harmful to your skin.

The most effective way to combat the spread of the virus is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and regularly clean surfaces, she said. So skip the homemade hand sanitizer, and wash your hands instead. Reference Article "Coronavirus myths about symptoms and spread are all over social media. Here are the facts."

it is safe to eat chinese food

You don’t need to avoid your local Chinese restaurant or stop buying from an Asian grocery store, according to the BBC. Reference Article "Coronavirus myths about symptoms and spread are all over social media. Here are the facts."

people of africa or african americans are not naturally immune to the coronavirus (Melanin does not protect against coronavirus)

As of March 11, 2020, there are 10 African nations where coronavirus has been found and 100 people across the continent. Its first death was in Egypt, where CNN reported that more than half of the continent's cases are. Saying that black people cannot contract the coronavirus is a myth, it can impact anybody. Reference articles "Have Any Black People Gotten the Coronavirus? Debunking Social Myths" by Bruce C.T. Wright and "Melanin Doesn't Protect Against Coronavirus" by Tom Kertscher

Mecklenburg County INFORMATION

CLICK HERE: For information concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The best resource for guidance and update information is the CDC Website (CLICK HERE)

For information on keeping your business and employees cared for, visit the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (CLICK HERE)

To track global cases, visit the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 website (CLICK HERE)

To track number US persons Under Investigation for COVID-19, visit the CDC's website at CDC Coronavirus 2019 Cases in US (CLICK HERE)

To track the number of North Carolina COVID-19 cases, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NDDHHS) website (CLICK HERE)

Novel Coronavirus 2019 Microsite (from the CDC)

If you believe you are at risk...

AT THIS TIME, THE CDC HAS IDENTIFIED SPECIFIC CRITERIA TO IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF INFECTION.

  • If you believe you are at increased risk due to travel or potential exposure and you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please call your healthcare provider or the health department and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • If you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing and you have had close contact with someone who is suspected to have Novel Coronavirus within 14 days of when your symptoms started, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel.
  • Your healthcare professional will work with your local and state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Healthcare providers should immediately contact MCPH Communicable Disease On-Call number if any individual meets or potentially meets criteria for COVID-19 testing and/or for questions about testing, current guidelines, public health messaging, and any other concerns.

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BEST COURSE OF ACTION FOR PREVENTION

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Created with an image by Frankie Lopez - "Uptown tram in Charlotte" and Suzy Gorman Photography "Pastoral Installation Sunday, 2017, Edison Searles Photography "March Gladness Night 3 - 2017, and D Squared Graphics "Thursday Noon/Night Teaching". The FEMA information is shared as public domain and safety.