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In general:

  1. Antibiotics do NOT work against viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics should NOT be used as prevention or treatment of COVID-19. 

  2. COVID-19 CAN transmit in areas of hot climate, and cases have been reported globally. 

  3. Cold weather and climates CANNOT kill COVID-19

  4. Mosquito bites CANNOT transmit the new Coronavirus. Transmission through respiratory droplets is the only method of spread. 

  5. Hair dryers and UV disinfectant lamps are NOT recommended to be used to kill the coronavirus. 

  6. Vaccines against pneumonia do NOT offer protection against the new coronavirus. 

  7. Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds without discomfort or coughing does NOT mean you are free from COVID-19

Source: WHO, Johns Hopkins

Medications:

1. Ibuprofen

  • Taking Ibuprofen, motrin, or other NSAIDs will NOT worsen COVID-19, but there is also no evidence of benefit besides treating the common symptoms.

Source: WHO

2. Drugs that regulate angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)

  • Taking ACE inhibitors (-prils) and ARBs (-sartans), common drugs for high blood pressure, do NOT put you at more risk for COVID-19 as of now. However, we do know that the Sars-CoV-2 uses ACE2 to get into our cells. 

Source: Rapid response letter addressing the potential association between ACE inhibitors and SARS-CoV-2

3. Hydroxychloroquine 

  • There is currently no evidence that Hydroxychloroquine should be taken prophylactic against SARS-CoV-2 to prevent COVID-19, however, pre-clinical in vitro studies suggest it has activity against SARS-CoV-2.

Source: Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine for COVID-19: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Cautions Against Use Outside of the Hospital Setting or a Clinical Trial Due to Risk of Heart Rhythm Problems

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