Note: This thread is related to #Coronavirus #COVID19

Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

Faheem Younus, MD @FaheemYounus Tweeting health etc. Chief Quality Officer and Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland UCH. Mar. 18, 2020 2 min read

Thread: Many of you have asked follow-up questions about COVID-19. Here is a crash course.

1/10: Is Ibuprofen bad for COVID-19. Should I use Tylenol instead?

No. This is false. There are no studies proving this reckless opinion. Read more here:  https://www.bbc.com/news/51929628 

2/10: Can Coronavirus mutate and become airborne?

No. Even when viruses mutate, their mode of transmission does not change. Influenza virus has mutated many times, but it remains a droplet infection.

3/10: Can my pet catch COVID-19? Can I catch COVID from my pet?

Extremely unlikely. CDC hasn’t received any reports of pets becoming sick with coronavirus. But good hand hygiene and common sense must prevail.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html 

4/10: My coworker’s dad developed COVID-19. Am I at risk?

No. If you’re exposed to someone who was exposed to someone with COVID, you’re fine. CDC recommends no testing on family members of those who were exposed to a COVID patient  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html 

5/10: Does garlic cure COVID-19? Bananas? Vitamin-C?

Bananas are a fine fruit and garlic is a fine vegetable. But no. There are no clinical trials to suggest they have anti-coronavirus activity. Vitamin-C Is not even a fruit or a vegetable!

6/10: I’m tired of staying home. Is it risky to go out for a run?

Go. Run. Jog. Laugh. Just don’t do it with loads of people. Our air isn’t contaminated with coronavirus.

7/10: I just developed a sore throat and a runny nose. Is it COVID? Should I go to the hospital?

Don’t know. But chances are you may have a seasonal virus (Flu, RSV, Rhinovirus, etc.). Stay home. Hospitals won’t do a test and you’ll likely wait in the ED for hours.

8/10: I’ve heard that coronavirus thrives in cold sinuses. So if you blow-dry your nose with warm air, it kills the virus. True?

False! Please don’t. Our nose carries bacteria, as part of normal flora. Those bacteria may get confused:)

9/10: Do you develop immunity after getting COVID-19?

We will know for sure in 2021. But if you put a gun next to my head and forced me to make a choice, I’d say YES. It’s very likely that infected people will develop immunity. Not sure how long will the immunity last for...

10/10: Why is the virus infecting celebrities?

Because COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. Coronavirus doesn’t ask if you’re white or black, Republican or Democrat, native or immigrant, rich or poor. It only asks: Are you human?

That’s why - while honestly acknowledging our differences - we must unite. Band together, people. Let’s follow the scientific evidence and win this war against coronavirus.
See you on the other side of this pandemic!


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