From the gargling of mouthwash to the chewing of ginger and garlic; the public space is full of information about how to prevent coronavirus disease.  In Nigeria, having a large population with diverse religious beliefs, ethnic groups, and traditions, these myths and misinformation are rampant and pose a threat to containing the novel covid-19.

However, there is a rising need to educate the people about the virus to limit its spread in the country.

Some of the general myths of covid-19 are as follows;

  1. Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus. No, hand dryers are not effective in killing a virus. The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Then use a hand dryer or paper towel to dry your hands.
  2. Drinking of hot water mixed with ginger and garlic solutions can prevent the corona virus. This is not true. Though ginger and ginger may contain some elements that can help reduce complications suffered by a covid-19 patient. However, it is no cure or preventive measure against covid-19.
  3. Ultraviolet disinfection lamps kill COVID-19. No, ultraviolet lamps will not kill the virus and they can cause skin irritation.
  4. Prolonged mask wearing causes CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency: The WHO has debunked this claim; saying breathable materials are  recommended for face masks and if worn properly will not inhibit your breathing.
  5. Spraying or drinking of alcohol or chlorine bleach on yourself can kill the virus. No. They won’t kill the virus, and they will burn your skin. You can, however, use those substances to clean surfaces in your home or office that could have the virus on them.
  6. It’s unsafe to open a package from China. Yes, it is safe to open it. Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects like letters or packages.
  7. I can get the coronavirus from my pet. According to the WHO, there is no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.
  8. The pneumonia vaccine or chloroquine provides protection against COVID-19. There is no vaccine yet that protects against the coronavirus, including pneumonia viruses. Researchers have said they believe a vaccine for COVID-19 will be available in about a year.

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