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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: People of all ages can be #infected by the #COVID-19 virus

Older people and younger people can be infected by the COVID-19 virus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: #Antibiotics CANNOT prevent or treat #COVID-19

Antibiotics work only against bacteria, not viruses.COVID-19 is caused by a virus, and therefore antibiotics should not be used for prevention or treatment.However, if you are hospitalized for COVID-19, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: #Thermal #scanners CANNOT detect #COVID-19

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature). They cannot detect people who are infected with COVID-19. There are many causes of fever. Call your healthcare provider if you need assistance or seek immediate medical care if you have fever and live in an area with malaria or dengue.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: Most people who get #COVID-19 #recover from it

Most people who get COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms and can recover thanks to supportive care. If you have a cough, fever and difficulty breathing seek medical care early - call your health facility by telephone first. If you have fever and live in an area with malaria or dengue seek medical care immediately.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: The prolonged use of #medical masks* when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 #intoxication nor #oxygen deficiency

The prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.* Medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are flat or pleated; they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: The coronavirus disease (#COVID-19) is caused by a #virus, NOT by #bacteria

The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider.There is currently no licensed medication to cure COVID-19. If you have symptoms, call your health care provider or COVID-19 hotline for assistance.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: The likelihood of #shoes spreading #COVID-19 is very low

The likelihood of COVID-19 being spread on shoes and infecting individuals is very low. As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance of your home. This will help prevent contact with dirt or any waste  that could be carried on the soles of shoes.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID-19 #coronavirus FACT: People should #NOT #wear #masks while #exercising

People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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#COVID19 #coronavirus FACT: Studies show #hydroxychloroquine does not have #clinical benefits in #treating #COVID-19

Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, a treatment for malaria, lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis, has been under study as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Current data shows that this drug does not reduce deaths among hospitalised COVID-19 patients, nor help people with moderate disease.*The use of hydoxychloroquine and chloroquine is accepted as generally safe for patients with malaria and autoimmune diseases, but its use where not indicated and without medical supervision can cause serious side effects and should be avoided.* More decisive research is needed to assess its value in patients with mild disease or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis in patients exposed to COVID-19.Source: World Health Organisation (www.who.int)
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