Coronavirus Fact Check

1) The Novel Coronavirus has killed over 640 and infected 31,000 mostly in the Wuhan Provence of China where the breakout began.

2) WHO World Health Organization says :To protect yourself:
■ cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, with a tissue or your elbow
■ put the tissue straight into a closed bin
■ wash your hands afterwards, and then frequently, with soap or sanitiser
■ keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing (at least one metre)

Don’t bother:
■ eating garlic
■ gargling mouthwash
■ rinsing your nose with saline
■ using sesame oil under the nose
None of these will help protect against the new virus in any way, the WHO adds.

3) You can’t catch the virus from animals
There is no evidence that your pet dog or cat can be infected with the new coronavirus, according to the WHO. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t regularly wash your hands with soap and water after touching them.
Even cuddly Poodles can carry bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella – and these are bugs that can pass between pets and humans.
The new (and as yet unnamed) coronavirus is thought to have originated in a live animal market in Wuhan, China – with the source likely to be wildlife.

4) Face masks aren’t that useful
You might be starting to see people wearing them in the UK, but there is limited evidence that they work.
That’s because they are generally too loose, don’t cover the eyes and can’t be worn for long periods.
Face masks need to be changed frequently (because they get sweaty), if they are to offer any real protection.