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Fact or Myth to preventing COVID-19

Date Posted: 13.03.20
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Fact vs Fiction

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is now shown all across our news and on social media, showing how much of an impact the virus is having on the world – with many countries going into lockdown to prevent further spread.

The W.H.O (World Health Organisation) have implemented prevention guidelines to help control the spread of COVID-19 in many countries across the world -with one of the guidelines being to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly.

However, even with these guidelines, there are many saying there are some home remedies that can prevent or even kill COVID-19. But are they fact or Myth?

We’ve had a little look and picked some of the most popular homemade COVID-19 busters

Myths:

Eat lots of garlic

Although garlic is a healthy food and does have some antimicrobial properties, it hasn’t been proven to protect from COVID-19. But it’ll keep you healthy and possibly safe from vampires.

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Taking a hot bath

We all like a good hot soak in a bath after a long hard day at work. But many are saying having a very hot bath can kill the COVID-19 virus that may be on our skin and within our bodies. However, our bodies remain around 36.5 to 37 degree Celsius regardless of temperature and having extremely hot baths can actually be harmful, so it is not recommended.

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Homemade sanitiser

With the recent shortage of hand sanitisers many have resorted to making their own. Although there are many tutorials out there, some don’t have a strong enough alcohol content (with regular hand sanitisers having 60-70% alcohol) and making your own could lead to you irritating or even damaging your skin.

It’s recommended that if you can’t use or don’t have hand sanitiser, you should regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

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Spraying Alcohol or chlorine over yourself

Although alcohol and chlorine are known to kill viruses, they will not kill viruses on your skin or clothes. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth).  So it is not recommended.

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Facts:

Regularly Wash your hands

It may seem very basic but it’s important to regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap if you:

  • Been to the toilet
  • Prepare food/have eaten
  • Have sneezed, coughed or blown your nose
  • Touched contaminated surfaces

If you’ve lost track of time when washing, sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from start to finish twice

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Catch it, bin it, kill it

Covid-19 has very similar symptoms to Cold & Flu. If you cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and bin it straight away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow to catch any coughs or sneezes.

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Disinfect

Some may go over a little overboard when it comes to disinfecting but make sure to regularly clean and disinfect high touch areas such as:

  • Light switches and push buttons
  • Taps and toilet levers
  • TV and radio controls and remotes
  • Telephones and computer equipment (keyboards and mice)
  • Door handles and handrails
  • Other surfaces as needed
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If you are concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus, please look at our prevention blog here. If you would like to enquire about our deep professional cleaning services, please contact us on 01656 713950

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