With coronavirus spreading across the world, India has announced a complete lockdown for 21 days. The borders of both the Telugu states have been sealed until April 14 as the state governments attempt to curb the spread of the disease.
Even as people stay indoors, a lot of fake messages are doing the rounds on social media like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
One message claims that coronavirus stays in the throat for four days before it reaches the lungs. The message claims that if a person gargles with warm water and salt or vinegar, it kills the virus. This is not true and has been debunked by doctors and the central government.
Other messages claim that the virus can spread through mosquito bites. This is also not true. Experts have said that this is a virus that spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Some messages claimed that a person can know if they have coronavirus, by holding their breath for over 10 seconds without any discomfort. This has also been debunked by several experts who say that this claim is not true.
Doctors said that coronavirus doesn't decide whether or not a person can hold their breath. It's just as likely that a person without coronavirus may not be able to do this, as a scenario where a person carrying the virus may be able to do so.
A lot of the messages going around claim to be from senior doctors and other experts, but that is not always the case.
The government has asked everyone to stay indoors, wash your hands with soap and water, frequently and cover your mouth with your elbow while coughing and sneezing. These simple steps will help in fighting the disease.
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