Do the face masks help, how long the infection is transmitted, are cats, and dogs dangerous-what is truth, and what is not?
The lightning-fast spread of the coronavirus is disturbing people all over the world, on the Internet and social networks, there are some rumors of how to protect yourself from the dangerous virus.
Let me bring a little clarity and answer the question: What’s a myth and what’s right?
We should not order postal shipments from China because they are crawling with viruses
What are the facts: The Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. has announced that the virus is not able to survive for a long time on hard surfaces.
According to experts, the possibility “virus to spread through letters and postal shipments is deficient, especially if the time for their delivery is between several days and several weeks.”
We need to take a regular shower, using chlorine preparations and use a face cream with similar contents
What are the facts: Disinfectants containing chlorine, solvents, 75 -percent ethanol, peracetic acid, and chloroform can destroy the virus COVID-19, but inflicted on human skin, they haven’t got any impact over the coronavirus.
These funds are dangerous to human health and can cause death.
Experts rumored that the virus was spread by bats. So can the cats and dogs become carriers? Are they dangerous?
What are the facts: According to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that domestic animals, in particular cats or dogs, that could become infected by a coronavirus or be a carrier.
However, it is necessary to wash hands with soap after each contact with pets – this can stop the spread of bacteria such as Escherichia coli or Salmonella.
Experts suggest that the new coronavirus started spreading from a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, on which were sold wild animals.
From genetic studies made so far, it is clear that the origin of the coronavirus is related to bats, but in general, animals cannot be considered as carriers of the infection.
Can we protect ourselves from the infection if we get vaccinated against the flu?
What are the facts: The new virus differs radically from other known viruses, which is why it requires an entirely new vaccine over her creation work scientists from all around the world. Vaccines against pneumococcal and Haemophilus infections, as well as the influenza vaccine, type B, are unable to protect us from the coronavirus.
If you regularly flush your nose with a saline solution, the Corononvirus does not catch you.
What are the facts: On social networks, there are constant reports that one of the leading Chinese experts in pulmonary diseases has advised people to do their nose washes with salt water – as a protection from the coronavirus.
However, by WHO, the salt-water solution cannot kill the Coronon virus or protect us from it.
Why is there still no vaccine against the Coronon virus?
What are the facts: While the development of new vaccines has recently become faster, such a process still requires a certain amount of time.
And the new coronavirus only showed up at the end of last year.
Numerous institutes and companies all over the world are working to create a vaccine against the virus; an example is the University of Marburg’s Institute of Virology.
One biotechnology company from Tübingen has been tasked with leading the development of the new vaccine. For this purpose, it received several million euros.
However, scientists argue that for the development of a new vaccine, it is necessary for at least one year because it needs to be checked whether it is useful and doesn’t harm health, says Stefan Becker, director of the Institute of Virology in Marburg.
Coronavirus isn’t more dangerous than a flu
What are the facts: Many people infected with Corononvirus have typical flu symptoms.
However, the profile of the disease, including mortality, seems more serious.
Bruce Elierts, who was the leading international mission in China to explore the virus, says that this is just the beginning.
If the data from further studies are confirmed, the mortality will likely remain at around 1%.
This will mean that the coronavirus is about ten times more deadly than the seasonal flu.
Face masks don’t protect you from the coronavirus
What are the facts: Wearing a face mask is not a guarantee that a person won’t get sick – viruses can be transmitted through the eyes, and face masks don’t protect you from the most microscopic aerosol particles.
However, if the face masks are worn correctly, they can catch splashes and drops, through which the virus most often spreads – according to some tests, they give five times higher protection from contamination to that person who doesn’t carry any.
If you are likely to communicate closely with infected people, the mask reduces the risk of the virus being transmitted from person to person.
But if you walk around in the city and you’re not in close contact with other people, the mask will haven’t got the effect.
It is necessary to spend at least 10 minutes near an infected person
uTo get infected with flu, according to some medical rules, a person should be approximately two feet away from an infected person who sneezes or coughs for ten or more minutes.
However, a person can also get infected in a shorter time, or even through soiled surfaces, although this is considered a more unusual way of infection.