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Do mosquitoes transmit the corona virus?
The West Nile virus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. Can an infection with the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus also be caused by plug-in flies? The WHO answered these and other questions in a current communication.
Frequent false reports on the network
All sorts of hair-raising theories about the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus are spread on the Internet. For example, many people wonder whether you can be infected by a mosquito bite. Some people also think that 5G mobile networks are spreading COVID-19 or that drinking alcohol can protect you from infection. The World Health Organization clarifies the most common myths that haunt the Internet via SARS-CoV-2.
In a current communication, the World Health Organization (WHO) provides information about the most common misinformation that is disseminated on the Internet via the transmission routes or prevention options for SARS-CoV-2.
Can SARS-CoV-2 be transmitted via mosquito bites
According to the WHO, there is no evidence or evidence to show that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquito bites. Since COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, droplet infection is the most important route of transmission. Mosquito repellent does not offer any protection against corona viruses.
Does SARS-CoV-2 spread over 5G mobile networks?
Viruses generally cannot spread over radio waves or cellular networks. This is demonstrated by the fact that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks. SARS-CoV-2 is primarily spread through droplets that are released when speaking, sneezing, coughing, and breathing.
Can high temperatures prevent infection?
Some studies suggest that there could be a seasonal effect in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Nevertheless, you can catch the new corona virus even in warm temperatures above 25 ° Celsius. Even in countries with hot weather, new COVID 19 cases are constantly being reported. Read the article for more information: Will summer temperatures weaken the coronavirus pandemic?
Likewise, according to the WHO, there is no evidence that particularly cold weather prevents transmission. The normal human body temperature is around 36.5 ° Celsius regardless of the outside temperature or the weather. This offers the virus the same conditions for reproduction within humans in all weather conditions.
Can you protect yourself from alcohol consumption with COVID-19?
Alcohol-based disinfectants are effective in killing coronaviruses. However, these agents must have a high alcohol content of 75 to 80 percent. There is no evidence that drinking alcohol has a protective function against SARS-CoV-2. Alcohol is a cell poison and weakens the immune system. Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of numerous health problems instead of reducing them, warns the WHO.
Also read: Coronavirus: alcohols effectively deactivate SARS-CoV-2!
Can Ultraviolet Light Kill Corona Viruses?
In fact, a recent study showed that SARS-CoV-2 can be killed with special UV lamps. However, these lamps are not suitable for sterilizing human skin because the radiation causes skin irritation and burns. Nevertheless, such lamps could be used to disinfect empty rooms. For more information read: Coronavirus: Ultraviolet light destroys SARS-CoV-2 viruses. (vb)
Read also: Coronavirus - facts and fakes
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters (access: April 17, 2020), who.int