Debunking myths on COVID-19

The last few weeks have been a time of uncertainty and chaos.

Every day, we’re flooded with information, advice and opinions on what we should be doing. And sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between the myths and the real deal. We run through some common myths about COVID-19 and tell you why strengthening healthy habits is more important than ever.

Debunking the myths

Let’s run through some common myths about COVID-19…

MYTH

COVID-19 “hates heat” and if exposed to high temps, the virus will die.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

According to WHO, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all sorts of environments, regardless of temperature. So taking an extra-steamy bath or consuming hot drinks and soups will not help you in the battle against the virus.

MYTH

Spraying your body with alcohol or chlorine will kill the virus.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

Not true. Applying chemicals like chlorine on your skin can actually do more harm than good. According to WHO, “…spraying such substances can be harmful to mucous membranes such as your eyes and mouth).”

MYTH

Munching on garlic will prevent you from catching the virus.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

While garlic is tasty and does have some antimicrobial properties, there is currently no evidence to suggest that it has protected people from getting COVID-19.

MYTH

Gargling with warm salt water will fend off the virus.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

Gargling with warm salt water will not treat or prevent the virus. However, Professor Anthony Cunningham, an infectious diseases physician from the University of Sydney notes that “staying hydrated is important and gargling may relieve sore throats.” So, keep up with those healthy water habits!

MYTH

There are products on the market that will “boost your immune system”.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

Steer clear of anything that claims to “boost your immune system.” Your overall diet, sleep and exercise all do their part to support your immune system, but there is no such thing as “boosting” it. In fact, when your immune system becomes overactive, it can result in autoimmune disease.

If you think you are lacking in certain vitamins, it’s best to see your doctor.

So, what should you do?

Right now, it is important to stay calm and take heed of expert advice. That means no viral Facebook posts!

NSW Health offers the following guidance when it comes to COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly. Lather with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use a flexed elbow to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Practice social distancing and self-isolation, when possible.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.

Guidance when it comes to COVID-19

Healthy habits

Staying atop personal hygiene is as important as ever, but now is also a good time to ditch bad habits such as smoking, and strengthen the healthy ones. That includes getting adequate rest, eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated with filtered water.

Having a good quality, at-home water filter system gives you all the benefits of filtered water in the comfort of your home. And WFA has been in the business of providing Australians with home water filters since the ‘90s, so you can rest assured that you’ll always get the best with us!

Need a little help on improving your water habits? These posts may be able to help:

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Now is the time to enjoy the great benefits of filtered water at home. Shop our range and find the best home water filtration system for you and your family.

Information from:
AAP
WHO
NSW HEALTH

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