GCO's call to abide by official info on Covid-19
April 11 2020 11:51 PM
Government Communications Office (GCO)
Government Communications Office (GCO)


The Government Communications Office (GCO) has reiterated that "it's crucial to separate fact from fiction" and use official sources only for information on Covid-19.

"The State of Qatar urges all citizens and residents to use official sources of information for updates and guidance regarding Covid-19. For your safety, and that of the community, it's crucial to separate fact from fiction," the GCO tweeted on Saturday.

The tweet was accompanied by a video on "debunking common myths" about Covid-19. These are as follows:

1. Myth - The coronavirus cannot survive in extremely high or low temperatures.

Fact - The coronavirus can be transmitted in all temperatures. Actions such as taking a very hot bath will not kill the virus.

2. Myth - Other vaccines will help protect against the coronavirus.

Fact - Vaccines such as the flu or pneumococcal vaccine do not provide protect against the coronavirus.

3. Myth - The virus is airborne.

Fact - The coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets distributed by coughs and sneezes. It does not linger in the air.

4. Myth - Ingesting dangerous substances such as methanol will kill the virus.

Fact - Ingesting such substances is extremely dangerous and will not kill the virus once it has already entered your body.

5. Myth - There are medicines to prevent and treat the new virus.

Fact - There is not yet a specific medicine recommended to treat coronavirus, but symptoms can be alleviated with appropriate care.

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