7 myths about the coronavirus debunked by the WHO

In view of the relentless spread of the coronavirus throughout the world, disinformation has become an enemy of ordinary people, spreading false and confusing information.

However, it is important to confirm all these rumors with specialists to determine how true they really are and not fall for lies that can cause us harm.

Next, we introduce you 7 myths that have been dismantled by the World Health Organization (WHO).

1. You can kill the coronavirus with a blow dryer

The coronavirus has been said to die if we dry our hands with a bath dryer for 30 seconds. This is false.

Hand dryers do not kill COVID-19. To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently with a hydroalcoholic gel or soap and water. Once clean, dry them well with paper towels or a hot air dryer.

2. You can kill the coronavirus with an ultraviolet lamp

Ultraviolet lamps should not be used to sterilize the hands or other parts of the body, as ultraviolet radiation can cause skin irritation.

3. You can kill it by spraying alcohol or chlorine

Spraying the entire body with alcohol or chlorine does not kill viruses that have already entered the body. You can end up damaging your clothes or your eyes, mouth, and more.

Both alcohol and chlorine can be used to disinfect surfaces, provided the relevant recommendations are followed.

>4. Rinsing the nose with saline prevents infection

There is no evidence to suggest that this practice protects against infection with the new coronavirus.

Although some evidence indicates that rinsing your nose regularly with saline can speed recovery after a common cold, it has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections like the new coronavirus.

5. Eating garlic prevents infection

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, no evidence has been obtained that eating it protects us against the current outbreak.

6. Applying sesame oil prevents infection

Sesame oil does not prevent infection of the new coronavirus. There are chemical disinfectants that, when applied to household surfaces, can kill you, such as bleach or chlorine-based disinfectants, some solvents, 75% ethanol, peracetic acid, and chloroform.

However, its effectiveness is greatly reduced or completely disappears against the coronavirus if applied to the skin or under the nose. They only have the potential to harm the skin.


There is no current evidence that the new coronavirus infects animals such as cats and dogs.

Even so, it is still convenient to wash your hands with soap and water after touching one of these animals to protect yourself from various common bacteria that can transmit to humans, such as E. coli Y Salmonella.

These are some of the most common myths that they have spread in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and that, as you can see, are generally 100% false.

Every time you hear something new about the virus, try to confirm it with reliable sources like the WHO or other health institutions. Follow the basic instructions to prevent it and remember that the vast majority of cases recover without medication or medical intervention.

If you start to experience symptoms, stay away from public spaces to protect others and see a doctor for the most appropriate treatment.