Beware misinformation online regarding origin and scale of the Coronovirus outbreak.
Social-media users have been sharing advice on ways to treat or prevent the disease, and some of the tips have proved to be misleading or false. One such claim advises users to “keep your throat moist”, avoid spicy food and “load up on vitamin C” in order to prevent the disease. This information does not match official information released by Public Health Officials.
Journalists and fact-checkers have found posts with identical or slightly altered wording are also being circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp including Canada. The World Health Organization’s official advice for the public on the new coronavirus suggests only avoiding consuming “raw or undercooked animal products”.
There is currently no vaccine against the virus but standard recommendations to prevent infections apply. These include:
- regular hand washing
- covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or, failing that, with the crook of your arm
- thoroughly cooking meat and eggs
- avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or fever
Get the most recent Updates from Health New Brunswick here: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html