Some of the Oddest Questions About COVID-19 — and the Answers
Most of us have questions about the coronavirus. Some of these are very good questions, and represent legitimate concerns. Others are a little more “out there.”
Here are some the most unusual questions that have cropped up on various sites about COVID-19, and the answers.
Can I Get or Give COVID-19 to or From My Dogs or Cats?
Experts believe that dogs and cats are not easily infected with this virus, and the risk of transmission to humans is negligible compared to the risk of human-to-human transmission.
Can I Get COVID-19 From a Person Who Died From It?
Medical examiners and/or funeral directors are at risk when performing an autopsy on, or otherwise preparing a body for burial, of a person who died of COVID-19. However, the CDC says that there is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19.
Such gatherings, even for mourners, should meet the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 persons.
Is COVID-19 a Result of Global Climate Change?
No, there is no credible evidence that climate change has anything to do with the origin of the coronavirus.
Did COVID-19 Really Come From People Eating Bats?
Scientists are still unsure where the virus originated, and will only be able to prove its source if they isolate a live virus in a suspected species. However, viruses that are extremely similar to the one that causes Covid-19 have been seen in Chinese horseshoe bats. It is likely that the virus began in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China. Wet markets are places where people can buy a variety of live animals for consumption, including bats.
Does Being Out in the Sun Kill the Coronavirus?
Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 75F degrees DOES NOT prevent COVID-19. You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.
If I Can Hold My Breath for More Than 10 Seconds Without Coughing, Does That Mean I Can’t Have Corona?
No, being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or longer without a cough does not mean you are free of COVID-19, or any other respiratory disease for that matter.
Does Drinking Alcohol Kill the Coronavirus?
While alcohol, in terms of hand sanitizer or surface cleaners can kill the coronavirus, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that drinking alcoholic beverages has any effect on preventing the virus, or killing it if you have it. Drinking excessively under any circumstances has major health risks.
Can Eating Garlic Help Prevent COVID-19?
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
Can You Get COVID-19 From a Mosquito Bite?
No. While there are many diseases such as malaria, or dengue fever that can be transmitted by mosquitoes or other insects. COVID-19 is not one of them. Those kinds of infections are more “bloodborne.” COVID-19 mainly affects the lungs. It is transmitted not through infected blood, but droplets from sneezes or coughs that get into the lungs via your eyes, nose or mouth.
Can a Hot Shower or Hot Bath Kill the Virus?
No, just as exposure to sunlight on a hot day does not seem to impact that virus, taking very hot baths or showers will not prevent you from getting the virus, or kill it, if you have been exposed.
What About Rinsing Your Nose With Saline?
While there is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline using a “neti pot,” can help people recover more quickly from the common cold, there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.