There are some myths spreading around social media about the new coronavirus. It’s important to clear these myths up, as they are causing unnecessary stress and anxiety in a situation where it’s more important than ever to be guided by the evidence and facts.

    The first myth that needs busting is that saltwater, garlic and sesame oil can prevent coronavirus infection. There is no evidence that this is the case. 

    On a similar theme, some are suggesting that drinking more tea or coffee can help prevent you from catching the virus. This is also not true, although it is important to keep hydrated if you think you may have the virus.

    The next myth is that spraying your body down with alcohol, chlorine, or bleach can kill the new coronavirus. Those agents are all important in destroying virus particles on surfaces, but they don’t do anything to prevent the virus from developing inside your body. In fact, these agents can be pretty dangerous when used on the skin.

    The next myth is that the virus is man-made. There is no evidence to back this up. The coronavirus causing COVID-19 – similar to other coronaviruses like SARS – can be traced back to bats, and many of the first infected in Wuhan had links to a large animal market. Scientists across the world have widely dismissed these claims.