10 Additional Myths about Coronavirus Debunked

Coronavirus 2019 is still on a rise with more than 11,500,000 cases around the world and almost 46,000 cases in the country.

I wrote few months ago on the 30 Myths about Coronavirus 2019 and there are still a lot of additional myths that were not totally proven by adequate studies.

Additional Myths about Cornavirus Debunked

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10.) Insects, Mosquitoes and Flies are carriers of COVID 2019

Fact: There is no indication that house flies, insects or even mosquitoes can transmit the virus either through a bite or by landing on an infected surface. Always clean and disinfect ourselves whenever we hold anything or before eating.

9.) Ultra Violet Disinfection lamp can kill the virus , There are several UV disinfection lamps for sale posted in social media sites, online and stores.

Fact: There are no concrete study that having UV disinfection lamp can kill the virus. Aside from being expensive, UV radiation can cause skin irritation and can be harmful to eyes. UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin.

8.) Taking antibiotics can kill coronavirus 2019

Fact: Antibiotics kill bacteria, but they don’t kill viruses.

7.) Drinking cow, dog or human urine can protect a person from contracting the virus

Fact: Cow, human or dog urine has long been promoted as a traditional remedy for various diseases in China, India and even in the Philippines , but there is no medical evidence or study to show that urine can help protect a person against contracting virus.

6.) Wearing of medical mask can cause suffocation and can cause CO2 intoxication.

Fact: There were some rumors and pseudo facts which circulated in many online sites that  wearing a face covering can cause you to breathe in too much carbon dioxide or limit your ability to get enough oxygen.

There were some people who wore N95 mask have experienced difficulty in breathing since some of them have asthma or had pre-exsisting respiratory disease. Tiny particles can accumulate inside of the mask over the course of several hours of continued use. But it does not affect breathing.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) and Department of Health (DOH), there are no truth with the rumors posted in various social media.

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4.) One can get coronavirus 2019  in swimming pools

Fact: According to the World Health Organization ( WHO) and experts, there is no evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 spreads between people through the water in swimming pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds.

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World Health Organization

3.) 5G helps spread the Covid 2019 virus thru air waves and using mobile phones.

Fact: In many areas of the globe,5G mobile technology is quickly catching-up. Plus there is no such truth with the rumors. There are a lot of areas without 5G technology that COVID 2019 virus had spread.

3.)  Can Hydroxychloroquinecure COVID-19?

Fact: There is no proven cure for COVID-19, but most people will recover on their own without needing professional medical care. The misuse of hydroxychloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death.

It is important to follow official government advice and get information only from reliable sources like the World Health Organization (WHO) and Department of Health (DOH ), Center for Disease Control (CDC) among others.

2.) Eating pepper of chilies can prevent or cure Covid 2019.

Fact: Eating pepper or chilies cannot prevent or cure COVID-19. This was clarified in a post in the website of World Health Organization (WHO).

1.) ” Tuob” or steam inhalation as means to help contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This was posted and shared several times in different social media, online sites and some government officials in the south had encourage their constituents.

Facts: Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a June 25 virtual presser that there is “no scientific evidence that steam inhalation kills the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19).”

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA), an umbrella organization of physicians in the country, denounced Garcia for her “dangerous claims and insults” to medical members who disagreed with her advocacy for tuob.

Here are some of the tips given by Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health (DOH-Philippines), John Hopkins and University of the Philippines.

1.) Social distancing and give at least 1 meter distance from people.

2.) Wash you hands frequently with soap, water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Try to complete the song ” Happy Birthday ” two times!

3.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and observe good hygiene.

4.) Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue then properly dispose the tissue in trash or sneeze into your elbow.

5.) Avoid spitting anywhere.

6.) Clean and disinfect frequently.

7.) Stay at Home.

Sources and References: Department of Health ( Philippines), John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center ( John Hopkins University), World Health Organization, Center of Disease Control (CDC), University of the Philippines,Philippine Medical Assoication, Hong Kong’s Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), CNN Philippine interview, PCOO, personal interviews with several health care professionals and epidemiologist.

9 Important Things to Know about Special Concern Lockdown

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King Christian street corner King Alexander street within Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Special Concern Lockdown (SCL), is an extreme measure was enforced on a portion of King Christian street near corner King Christopher street in Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City after a COVID-19 carrier infected three persons from the same household and two neighbors from different houses on June 22, 2020. This was reported in several online news, radio and television stations.

Kingspoint Subdivision is a private gated community in Novaliches. The main street serves as a short cut route to General Luis street, Northern Caloocan, Deparo and Velenzuela. The short cut route is commonly referred as SB Road, which starts from Lukaria street and ends in Katipunan corner General Luis street in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon in Novaliches.

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A portion of King Christian street near King David street

The portion of King Christian street which had a lock down had 59 families and a total of 243 residents.

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Barangay Bagbag tanods, Quezon City police checkpoint tent along King Christopher corner King Christian street.

A small portion of King Christopher street corner King Christian street had a tent manned by volunteer guards from Barangay Bagbag, Quezon City police and army. The checkpoint created a battle neck thus traffic was heavy for almost one day., the tent was eventually removed a day after and moved further down the road.

According to some insider reports, King Christian patient zero found out he was positive after undergoing rapid testing as required by his employer before he could return to work.

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Barangay mobile, Quezon City government ambulance and QCPD manning  King Christopher street corner King Christian street, Kingspoint Subdivision

He was referred by barangay officials to the health department for a confirmatory swab test and the results also came back positive.

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King Christian street and King Constantine street

 Almost all the remaining residents within the street are also being tested if they were infected.

This comes after several reported cases of Covid 2019 a little over a month ago in San Pedro IX also in the same barangay were reported.

Compared to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), special concern lock down had more stricter rules and quarantine measures.

9 Important Things to Know about the Special Concern Lockdown

9.) Wearing of face mask is mandatory to all people. Basic delivery of goods will be supervised by the concerned local government unit (LGU).

8.) Local government unit can enforce a special concern lock down in a portion of a street, compound, house or a barangay with a high concentration of active cases.

7.) Quarantine passes issued by the barangay, city, community/ subdivision are waived. Selling of alcoholic beverages or liquor is severely limited or banned. Curfew is also enforced.

6.) Rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) for COVID 2019 are conducted to the vulnerable, senior citizens and suspected people.

5.) Delivery services in or out of the special concern lock down areas are severely limited.
4.) Local barangay officials, volunteers, police and even military manned all possible entry and exit points.
3.) Special lock down period can last anytime from one to two weeks or even more depending on the number of cases found within the community.
2.) The general public, relatives and neighbors are not allowed to visit these special concern lock down areas for health reasons and to avoid spreading the virus.
1.) Stay at home is strictly enforced by the barangay and local government unit.

King Christian street corner King Constantine street
According to an insider report, The covid 2019 positive individuals were already moved to the hospital and quarantine facilities of the city. The lock down period in King Christian street can last until early part of July.

10 New Normal Ways in Doing Things During COVID 2019

There are at least 10 new normal ways in doing things during this enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period. Even in areas where general community quarantine (GCQ) will be enforce in due time, life would never be the same again.

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Until now, there were more than 3,300,000 people from about 215 countries and territories had contracted the dreaded covid 2019 virus.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is pushing for a New Normal Law that will establish social distancing and health and hygiene protocols.

Earlier in March, he also filed the Anti-Spitting Act of 2020, which seeks to ban and penalize spitting, coughing and sneezing in public.

While Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, along with other leaders of the House of Representatives, filed a bill seeking to provide a “whole-of-society” approach to set the “new normal” way of life as the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains even after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

10 New Normal Ways in Doing Things

The proposed House Bill 6623 or the “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020” aims to set standards and protocols to be adopted for three years. While not yet effective, people are already practicing these new normal ways.

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Physical and social distancing

10.) Physical distancing at home, public spaces and other areas. Types of physical contact done in public include handshakes, beso-beso (cheek-to-cheek), mano (hand blessing), hugging and kissing is reduce to a minimum or none at all. This is replaced with Bowing, elbow to elbow, a quick nodding in the head, putting both hands together, tapping of feet or waiving of hands is now a normal thing to do.

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Barangay Bagbag Market- have given access to other barangays like Sauyo, West Fairview, Bagbag, Talipapa and San Bartolome residents.

9.) Bringing of quarantine pass or travel pass is a MUST for all people. Remember that each barangay, town, city or community may impose different set of regulations, scheduling or window hours. Barangay Bagbag Public Market in Novaliches, Quezon City imposed an odd-even scheme for those living in the barangay last April 17, 2020. Other would implement a different scheme in order to reduce foot traffic in their locality.

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Wearing of face mask and gloves

8.) Wearing of Face Mask and even gloves in public is a MUST. Different municipality, town, city or community already had ordinances for wearing of face mask. Some establishment require people entering their premises to have mask.

7.) E-Commerce and Shopping Online – The surge for E-Commerce, social media, website and mobile app based which caters to online delivery services and ordering. Roving wet market or roving grocery stores in some areas of the country is also becoming the new normal for shoppers.

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6.) Reduced Sitting Capacity for public transportation- Jeepneys, Tricycle, MRT , Pedicabs, PNR, AUV express, Passenger ship, Airplane – Expect that these form of public transportation will have fewer passengers if the enhanced community quarantine had been lifted. This can have an effect in the transportation system and the cost of fare might be carried over to the general masses.

5.) Reduced Sitting Capacity and Take Out- For restaurants and other establishments, Limiting the number of customers is now the new normal. They have to focus more on take-out or delivery services in order to survive.

4.) Hospitals, clinics and even hilot are ramping up their digital consultation platforms to attend to patients, especially for follow-up checkups and non-urgent cases.

3.) Mass gathering is now reduced to none or just a handful – Since physical distancing is in effect, Going to church, seminar, training, travel and watching movie is virtually non-existent. Some church groups already had online masses televised on television, live-streaming in the internet which is now the new normal. Drinking session is reduce to almost non-existent since there is a liquor ban being enforced.

2.) Classes in schools and universities- Several schools and universities have gone online. While not everyone in the country had an reliable access to the internet. Schools and teachers must find creative ways to continue learning process. Study at Home or Homeschooling will be the normal.

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1.) Practicing good hygiene, avoid coughing and spitting in public places- People had to practice hand washing several time a day and among other things.

Sources and References:

Congress.gov.ph : http://www.congress.gov.ph/

Senate.gov.ph:  https://www.senate.gov.ph/

Official Gazette: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/section/laws/

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) , Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) PTV channel 4, World Health Organization, Department of Health, Unicef-Philippines

15 Things to Do During Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines

Enhanced community quarantine had been in effect in the entire Luzon island and the country last March 17. People are getting wary because a significant portion of the population have their usual work or employment disrupted.

For at least 1 week people living within Metro Manila and nearby provinces affected have a hard time procuring basic necessities like food, medicines and cellphone load.

While Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine means that there were at least 2 to 3 cases of covid 19 within a barangay or locality. Household members of coronavirus patients are not allowed to leave their residences. People within a 500-meter radius from these houses are also under strict monitoring.

Quezon City had 142 barangays in the city, 42 now have coronavirus cases. There were at least 12 barangays that were classified under this category. This mean that there were multiple of cases of COVID 2019 in the 12 barangays.

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15 Things to Do During Enhanced Community Quarantine

15.) Try to stay tune to national government, local government, reputable blogs,vlogs or  news agencies thru their valid social media sites or websites. Another alternative is to listen and check radio or community bulletin. Community bulletin are normally posted in some villages, subdivision, barangay centers or by their respective social media accounts.

There are daily updates send via short messaging service by National Telecommunication and Communication (NTC) and weather updates by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

14.) Stay at Home – Staying at home is the best and try to practice social distancing even to immediate members of the family.

13.) Wait for the Special Quarantine Pass to be Issued- In many areas, community quarantine pass were already issued. Try to assign the most capable and healthy member of the family to do some errands.

12.) Observe local curfew time and other local ordinances: Some people especially in the marginalized sector of the country may not observe local curfew time and quite a number of people had been arrested because they violated local curfew or ordinances. Some towns like Marilao, Bulacan implements odd even scheme for their residents base on the quarantine passes given to the residents. Liquor ban may be enforced in some areas.

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11.) Disinfect and Practice Good Hygiene- Here is a pdf site where one can make home made disinfectant. The ratio is 1 tablespoon of bleach per 1 gallon will give you 50 to 200 ppm sanitizing solution. Remember to frequently wash your hands with soap at least 20 seconds. Try to sing “Happy Birthday ” twice.

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Before entering one’s house, Be particular of the pair slipper/ tsinelas or shoes used from going outside. Never enter the house with dirty shoes or slippers. In our case, we have two set of slippers, One set is left outside and one set for indoor use. In extreme cases, one can make a do it yourself foot bath, which is vital for not spreading the virus inside your house. This practice is done in farms, piggeries or hospitals ICU.

10.) Boost Your Immune System- Aside from taking your multi-vitamins and vitamin C medicine. Getting sunshine can also help boost your immune system, The best way to get vitamin D is by going out from 6:00 am to 8:00am, Try to observe social distancing. These includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight.

9.) Prepare a Budget and Meal Plan- Since a lot of people does not have a regular means of earning an income. Try to sort out which food item or material is the most necessary. It is also good to have a good credit line within your community.

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8.) Avoid sharing fake news and rumor mongering – Before sharing fake news and rumors, try to verify it a number of times from reliable sources. According to a recent televised briefing conducted by Secretary Karlo Nograles in PTV ( government owned television station) He said that Philippine National Police,CIDG, NBI cyber crime office were monitoring social media sites and fake news sites. Remember that people or websites which spread fake news can get flagged down or get maximum penalties.

Do not forget about some myths about the covid2019 which can cause panic to the general population. A lot of the myths were unfounded and does not have scientific basis that were proven.

7.) Exercise- Do not forget to keep healthy and do not forget to keep your body healthy. Doing household choirs like washing dishes, washing clothes, watering plants, taking care of pets and scrubbing floors can be substitute for exercises.

6.) Practice General Cleaning- Try to check every nook and cranny of your house. Try to remove dirt by cleaning windows, brushing floors and throwing away items of no use.

5.) Learn New Hobby or Skill- Learning new skill or hobby like cooking, gardening, knitting, arts, basic carpentry or try to spend time watching your favorite television series or old movies.

4.) Stock Up on Plastic Containers- There can be an unannounced water or electricity interruptions during the period. Some villages or communities which rely on water pumps which may not have enough water to go around. Same with portable plastic ware for food containers. Living in an area where there is water problem and rotational water service interruption may pose some problems when it comes to potable water or even water for general usage.

It is also good to have portable water filter system or batteries in case of prolonged blackout.

3.) Sleep Early (Depending on age bracket)- Maintain good sleeping habits from 6 to 8 hours of good night sleep.

2.) Presence of Mind- Having presence of mind, sane attitude and calmness are needed in this times of crisis.

1.) Have a Sunny Disposition in Life-Nothing beats a person with a sunny disposition in life. Remember to have faith and always be positive no matter how challenging times.

Sources and References: (website and social media accounts):

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group ( CIDG) http://www.cidg.pnp.gov.ph

Department of Health (DOH) http://www.doh.gov.ph

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)

Johns Hopkins: coronavirus.jhu.edu

National Telecommunications and Communications (NTC) www. ntc.gov.ph

Offical Gazette.Gov.Ph : http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) www.covid19.gov.ph

Philippine National Police (PNP) www. pnp.gov.ph

Presidential Communications (PCOO) http://www.pcoo.gov.ph

People’s Television Network (PTV 4) ptvnews.ph

World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int

30 Myths about Coronavirus 2019

There are a lot of rumors, myths, false theories on one person can combat, alleviate or fight coronavirus 2019 (COVID 2019).

There are over 207,000 cases of coronavirus all over the world spanning all continents except for Antarctica. There were cases in about 170 territories and countries as of (March 18, 2020) 11:00 pm Manila time, based from data from John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

There were 202 confirmed cases in the Philippines while 17 recorded deaths.

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30 Myths and Rumors Debunked

30.) Garling Salt Water –  In a recent press conference, Presidential Press Secretary Salvador Panelo told the press that “I have made it a habit to gargle with salt water”. When I have a little cold, I gargle.”

Fact: There is no scientific study or research that garling salt water can fight coronavirus. Plus can be contaminated with animal waste, sewage spills, algae and microbes that are present in untreated salt water.

29. Eating Moringa, Malunggay or Moringa oleifera will help immune system fight coronavirus.

Fact: Malunggay had Vitamins A, C, E, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, phytochemicals, and fiber which will aid in boosting one’s immune system. but there is no scientific basis or study that eating moringa or malunggay can kill the virus.

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28.) Drinking Noni, Apatot or Morinda citrifolia fruit juice can kill the coronavirus.

Fact: No scientific proof that the noni juice nor fruit can help flight the virus.

27.) Only Asian descent can get the virus.

Fact: Anyone can get the corona virus.

26.) Sunshine, Vitamin D and Eating Citrus.

Fact : No scientific basis or studies that Eating Citrus and Going out to take sunshine does not have any scientific basis.

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25.) Eating 1 bananas will keep the virus away. The instant remedy circulated in several social media sites like Facebook, Viber and Twitter. Which prompted some local banana fruit sellers to ran out of bananas.

Fact : Eating banana a day can help improve one’s immune system due to the source of vitamin B-6. However in a post by University of Queensland in Australia that they have not conducted such studies and video which circulated online is not true.

24.) Temperature over 35 degrees Celsius ( 95F) will stop the virus from spreading. Tropical and those living near the equator will slow the spread the virus.

Fact: According to officers from the World Health Organization, this strain of coronavirus can be transmitted regardless of the region’s climate and weather conditions.

23.)  One can get the virus from products and items made in China.

Fact : Experts believe that the virus doesn’t survive for extended periods of time on hard surfaces, although its lifespan still is being studied.

22.) Drinking water every 15 minutes will prevent you from contracting the virus. A post circulating in different social media platforms like Facebook claims that doctors recommend flushing the virus from your body with water and says that stomach acid can kill the virus.

Fact: Although drinking water can dehydrate one’s body, There is no scientific basis nor study that drinking water every 15 minutes can prevent one from getting the virus.

21.) Hand dryers kill the coronavirus.

Fact: World Health Organization and Department of Health (DOH) Philippines,the best method of protecting yourself against the virus is washing your hands with lukewarm water and soap at least 20 to 30 seconds. There are no scientific basis or study that using hand dryer can kill the virus.

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20.) Spraying yourself with chlorine or alcohol will kill the virus.

Fact: Although alcohol and chlorine can be used in small amounts as disinfectants on hard surfaces, they cannot kill the virus. It can also be harmful when large quantities are ingested.

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19.) Eating a lot of garlic or 2 cloves of crush garlic then adding to 1 glass of lukewarm water. In order to avoid getting the virus. Garlic has some antimicrobial properties, which slows the spread of microorganisms.

Fact: local health officials does not have any proof that garlic has helped prevent the spread of coronavirus. There is not enough scientific studies which states that eating garlic can stop the spread of the virus.

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18.) Drinking bleach and alcohol protects you from the virus. Rumors have circulated Facebook and social media sites that drinking bleach prevents people from catching the coronavirus.

Fact: Drinking bleach or alcohol dangerous to a person’s health. This is according to a post from Department of Health (DOH) officials.

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17.) Adding ginger to warm water to protect one person from catching the virus. Same with drinking salabat, ginger tea or pito-pito.

Fact: This can help boost the immune system but can not totally fight the virus.

16.) Using a nasal saline rinse will prevent the virus.

Fact: rinsing your nose has not been proven to eliminate the coronavirus or any other respiratory infection.

15.) Taking essential oils, acetic acid, steroids or antibiotics will help. Fact: People taking these without prescription is dangerous .

14.) Chinese food is unsafe to eat right now.

Fact : proper food handling and sanitation is the key.

13.) A surgical face mask will prevent you from getting the virus.

Fact: Ordinary face masks are ineffective in preventing COVID-19.

12.) The virus originated from raw bats or bat soup. videos which circulated online.

11.) It only affects the elderly. People who are elderly or have compromised immune systems are most at risk for severe illness if they contract the virus, according to WHO.

Fact: anyone of any age can contract and spread the virus to others. In the Philippines, a 13 year- old patient living in Quezon City got infected.

10.) The COVID-19 vaccine almost is ready.

Fact: It may take months or at least a year for scientists to create a vaccine.

9.) Mineral supplements can destroy the virus.

Fact: There are no known proof that mineral supplement can cure the coronavirus.

8.) The virus was manufactured in a lab and deliberately released.

Fact: This had circulated in several online sites, some television stations and even well-known senator made some personal comments. It had not been proven that the virus came from laboratory and man-made.

7.) Ultraviolet disinfection lamps kill the virus on your skin. Fact: According to WHO, the best way to sterilize your hands is soap, water and observing proper hand washing and social distancing.

6.) The use of colloidal silver was promoted on televangelist Jim Bakker’s show. Colloidal silver is tiny particles of the metal suspended in liquid. The televangelist also sells bucket meals.

Fact: United States health authorities that there is no evidence this type of silver solution is effective for any health condition. More importantly, including kidney damage,allergic reaction and possible blood poisoning.

5.) Drinking hot water to taking hot baths will help fight the coronavirus.

Fact: There were no proven nor scientific studies conducted.

4.) Coronavirus 2019 is airborne.

Fact : The Department of Health (DOH) Philippines clarified. It was Department of Health( DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in an interview, said a recent World Health Organization (WHO) article about the novel coronavirus considered only hospital settings or in enclosed room.

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3.) Cats, Dogs and Pets spread the Virus.

Fact: World Health Organisation says there is no evidence that pets can be infected with the coronavirus.

A dog, which belonged to a patient who had COVID-19, tested negative for the virus last week, the city’s Hong Kong’s Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

2.) Consuming 1 tablespoon a day of Coconut virgin coconut oil (VCO) can help boost immune system.

Fact: Although there are studies that VCO can boost immune system. “We have heard very good studies with regard to its ability to neutralize the viruses, but for the COVID- 19, it is not clear,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in an interview with CNN Philippines confirming the collaboration with Singapore.

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Tawa-tawa is said to cure dengue patients

1.) Tawa-tawa plant, snakeweed or Euphorbia hirta– Consuming or boiling plant extract to fight combat the virus.

Fact: No scientific studies nor research had proven that this plant can cure conoravirus.

Here are some of the tips given by Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health (DOH-Philippines), John Hopkins and University of the Philippines.

1.) Social distancing and give at least 1 meter distance from people.

2.) Wash you hands frequently with soap, water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Try to complete the song ” Happy Birthday ” two times!

3.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and observe good hygiene.

4.) Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue then properly dispose the tissue in trash or sneeze into your elbow.

5.) Avoid spitting anywhere.

6.) Clean and disinfect frequently.

7.) Stay at Home.

Sources and References: Department of Health ( Philippines), John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center ( John Hopkins University), World Health Organization, Center of Disease Control (CDC), University of the Philippines, Hong Kong’s Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), CNN Philippine interview, PCOO, personal interviews with several health care professionals and epidemiologist.

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