Do traditional healing foods like garlic and ginger help keep you safe from the virus? What about using bleach and saline? Get the answers here.
Q Can I microwave my disposable mask so that I can use it again?
A Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, programme leader for infectious diseases at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said there are viral videos on how you can steam masks. These are not recommended. The masks are meant to be used once, and microwaving or steaming is likely to damage them and reduce their protectiveness.
(BTW, wearing a mask when you’re well can do more harm than good.)
NO MAGIC POTIONS
Q Can eating garlic or ginger help prevent a coronavirus infection?
A Garlic may have some antimicrobial properties and is known to be good for wellness properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic or ginger has protected people from the coronavirus, said the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Q I heard that applying sesame oil can block the coronavirus from entering the body.
A No. Sesame oil does not kill the coronavirus, the WHO said. There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the coronavirus on surfaces. These include bleach or chlorine-based disinfectants.
Q Can I use bleach and other disinfectants on my body to kill the coronavirus?
A These products have little or no impact on the virus if you put them on the skin or under your nose. It can even be dangerous to put these chemicals on your skin.
Q Does rinsing my nose with saline prevent an infection?
A No. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline can help people recover faster from the common cold. But this has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
PETS AND 5G ARE SAFE
Q Can pets spread the coronavirus?
A There is no evidence that companion animals and pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the coronavirus.
However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
Q I heard that using a 5G network spreads the virus.
A This is not true. Wuhan was one of a few places where 5G was rolled out in China recently, along with other parts of the world. This led to some conspiracy theorist to say that the technology damaged people’s DNA and immune systems.
However, there is no evidence that 5G is harmful to humans. Like 4G, 3G and 2G before it, 5G mobile data is transmitted over radio waves which are non-ionising and do not damage DNA.