Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Myths Versus Facts

MYTHS VS. FACTS

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THE CORONAVIRUS DOESN’T EXIST IN HOT AND HUMID CLIMATES

Unfortunately, from the evidence so far, the Coronavirus can be transmitted everywhere, including places with hot and humid weather. That’s why it’s important to follow WHO’s 7 protective rules wherever you live or might be travelling to.

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COLD WEATHER ELIMINATES THE CORONAVIRUS.

The human body, where the virus thrives has an average temperature around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. So cold weather does not eliminate the Coronavirus. To better protect your baby and yourself, visit the 7 rules from the WHO’s 7 protective rules.

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GIVING MY CHILD A HOT BATH WILL HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.
Giving a hot bath to your little one will not prevent them from catching the virus. Their body temperature stays at 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of the bath or shower. Also be careful when giving a hot bath, because very hot water is harmful to your child. The best way to protect your tot and yourself is to follow the 7 rules from the WHO’s 7 protective rules.

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THE CORONAVIRUS CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MOSQUITO BITES.
There has been no evidence to date to suggest that the Coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To better protect your baby and yourself, visit the 7 rules from the WHO’s 7 protective rules.

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THERMAL SCANNERS CAN DETECT INFANTS INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Thermal scanners are useful for a fever in a child (i.e. they have a temperature) possibly due to infection with the Coronavirus or due to other reasons. However, they cannot detect children who are infected but don’t have feverish symptoms. This is because children sometimes won’t show feverish symptoms at all, or because it takes between 2-10 days for people infected with the Coronavirus to develop into a fever with high temperatures.

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RINSING MY CHILD’S NOSE WITH SALINE SOLUTION HELP PREVENTS CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.
There is no evidence that regularly rinsing with saline solution protects your tot from respiratory infections such as the Coronavirus. Yet, regularly rinsing their nose with saline solution can help them recover from a common cold.

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THE CORONAVIRUS DOESN’T AFFECT YOUNG PEOPLE.
People of all ages can be infected with the Coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill from the virus. The WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, find out more, click here.
baby and mother holding nasal spray

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ANTIBIOTICS PREVENT AND TREAT THE CORONAVIRUS.
Antibiotics do not work against viruses. Therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment for a Coronavirus infection. However, in the case of hospitalization, a patient may receive antibiotics because of bacterial co-infection.

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THERE ARE ALREADY MEDICATIONS THAT PREVENT OR TREAT A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.
Unfortunately to date there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the new Coronavirus. The WHO is currently working with institutions around world to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatment as soon as possible. The best way to fight the virus is with our own antibodies and those infected with the virus should receive immediate care to relieve the symptoms.

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PNEUMONIA VACCINES CAN PROTECT YOU AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS.

Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the Coronavirus.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and the WHO supports their efforts.

Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect you and your little one’s health.

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HAND DRYERS ELIMINATE THE CORONAVIRUS.
Hand dryers are completely ineffective at eliminating the Coronavirus. To protect yourself and your child against the Coronavirus, you should follow the WHO’s 7 protective rules.

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ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTION LAMPS KILL THE CORONAVIRUS.
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize your child’s hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation. To protect yourself and your child against the Coronavirus, you should follow the WHO’s 7 protective rules.

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SPRAYING ALCOHOL OR CHLORINE ALL OVER YOUR BODY KILLS THE CORONAVIRUS.
It is very dangerous to spray alcohol or chlorine all over your child’s body as it can be harmful to the skin. Also, it won’t kill the viruses that have already entered the body. Be aware that while alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, they need to be used appropriately. To protect yourself and your child against the Coronavirus, you should follow the WHO’s 7 rules.

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EATING GARLIC CAN HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS.
: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has ever protected people from the Coronavirus, adults and infants alike. To protect yourself and your child against the Coronavirus, you should follow the WHO’s 7 rules.

BE CAREFUL AND STAY SAFE !

STAY INFORMED AND FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE!

It’s very important for you to be aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website and through your national and local public health authority. Please check them on a regular basis. Always seek advice from trustworthy, reliable sources for you and your baby. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Contact a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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Further Reading

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Important notice

By clicking on the "Continue" button below, you can learn more about infant nutrition. If you choose to continue, you agree that Danone is supplying this information at your individual request for information purposes. Breastmilk is the ideal food for infants: it is best adapted to their specific needs. A healthy and balanced diet of the mother is important for the preparation and continuation of breastfeeding. Mixed breastfeeding can interfere with breastfeeding and reduce milk production. It’s hard to reverse the choice of not breastfeeding. If an infant formula is used for a non-breastfed baby, it is important to carefully observe the instructions for preparation and use and to follow the advice of the medical profession. Incorrect use could pose a risk to the child’s health. Socio-economic implications must be considered in the use of infant formula. After 6 months, in addition to breastmilk, water is the only essential drink. Do not hesitate to consult your health care professional if you need advice on feeding your baby.

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