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WHO: Myths Of The Coronavirus Self-test

WHO: Myths Of The Coronavirus Self-test
WHO: Myths Of The Coronavirus Self-test

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The so-called simple self-test that circulates on social networks suggests that if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing and without discomfort, you do not have the coronavirus is a myth.

The message with the test that began to be shared massively on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter also indicates that you drink water every 15 minutes "to wash the virus" through the throat and that also gargling with warm water can kill the virus.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates on its website that there is no scientific proof that rinsing with saline prevents infection.

The test, which was attributed to one of the Stanford University specialists, was also denied by the social networks of the academic institution.

In an interview on CNN, Baylor College of Medicine infectious disease specialist Robert Legare Atmar clarified that none of the methods cited help check for the virus.

"When someone has an acute viral infection, it can be difficult to breathe deeply and not cough because the airways are irritated. That's all it means. It says nothing about fibrosis, although people with fibrosis might have a hard time doing it," Atmar said.

"Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds doesn't mean someone doesn't have coronavirus," he added.

To prevent infection, the WHO recommends frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water; Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow flexed or with a tissue before you cough, and keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from you and others, particularly those who are sick.

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