The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information regarding the latest research on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s important that you stay informed during this constantly evolving health crisis.
Rinsing your nose with saline will NOT help prevent infection of the Coronavirus. There is limited evidence that regularly rinsing 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.
Eating garlic will NOT help prevent infection of the virus.
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 getting sick with the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus affects people of ALL ages.
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 advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves against the virus.
Antibiotics ARE NOT effective in preventing and treating the Coronavirus. Antibiotics only work against bacteria. However, if you are hospitalized for the virus, you may receive antibiotics since bacterial co-infection is possible.To date, no specific medicines can prevent or treat the Coronavirus.
However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat the symptoms. 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 of partners.