Reality check: busting the COVID-19 myths
With so much misinformation spreading like, well, a virus, we thought we’d round up some of the strangest and most dangerous COVID-19 myths circulating the web and bust them once and for all.
Can heat prevent COVID-19?
Put down the hair dryer. Drinking hot liquids, sunbathing, going to the sauna, and blow-drying your face won’t do anything to stop novel coronavirus, but may result in sore noses and a seriously wild hairdo.
What about herbs and spices?
Whether it’s turmeric, ginger or herbal elixirs, there is no scientific evidence to these tasty tonics preventing COVID-19. Sorry, Bondi hipsters.
Are cow-urine drinking parties really a thing?
We’re happy to report that this practice hasn’t gone mainstream, but yes – some fringe groups believe that drinking cow urine will ward off many illnesses including COVID-19. While cow urine may have slight disinfectant properties on surfaces, it won’t make you immune to COVID-19. Also, yuck.
Gargling salt water is a tried and true method though, right?
Who hasn't tried this one? Unfortunately, home remedies like swallowing or gargling salt water or essential oils can’t get rid of a virus like novel coronavirus once it’s in your body. We can recommend putting salt in your cooking though – it makes everything taste better!
If salt doesn’t prevent COVID-19, then I’ll try something stronger, like bleach!
Just, don’t. Aside from making us want to facepalm, this 'cure' is extremely dangerous and will land you in hospital – which is probably the last place you want to be during a COVID-19 outbreak.
Some things you can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Sneeze and cough into your elbow (not your hands)
• Practise social distancing by keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres between you and others
• Keep up-to-date with the latest information using credible sources including the UTS FAQ page and NSW Health
ABC News, Coronavirus 'cures' and prevention techniques are popping up all over the world. So we asked the experts what actually works
The Guardian, Dangerous cures and viral hoaxes: common coronavirus myths busted