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  • now how to sift accurate information from misinformation is becoming one of the challenges of this crisis, isn't it?

  • And here's one example.

  • We looked at Google trends earlier.

  • One of the top searches was ibuprofen, and that's connected to a statement from two days back where the French Health Ministry suggested that that anti inflammatory painkiller could worsen the effects of the Corona virus story is being very heavily shared.

  • So in the UK, is this whats app message, which says from an NHS colleague We've just been sent a medical alert that no one is to use anti inflammatory.

  • So is this true?

  • We contacted Cup on a supper party, a doctor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to help us, Certainly, in the first instance, Parastatal mo is recommended anyway to reduce the temperature or for aches and pains, headaches, that sort of thing.

  • I don't think the evidence actually is strong enough for us to start saying that ibuprofen should never be used.

  • But certainly, I think earning on the side of caution in the context of Cove, it and so many unknowns than certainly it would be safer to stick to Paris atom all as as the 1st 1st line.

  • And does that caution also apply to other anti inflammatories?

  • Potentially, yes.

  • But like I said, there is actually no established evidence that there is, ah, problem with ibuprofen and covet 19 or even really, with respiratory infections.

  • There have bean studies that suggest that that may be the case, but it's not established by any means.

  • Here's something else.

  • We've seen lots of messages about suggesting that eating garlic helps protect you from this virus.

  • Is it true we wouldn't be entirely surprised to know?

  • The World Health Organization has responded to this, saying Garlic does have antimicrobial properties, but there's no evidence that eating it will protect anyone from this Corona virus.

  • I repeat, no evidence.

  • What so ever next is the issue of alcohol is a disinfectant.

  • Lots of you will use jail and sanitizers, and they must have a certain alcohol content to work.

  • In fact, to be effective, they need to contain at least 60% alcohol.

  • And, of course, every bottle of alcohol you combine the shops to drink doesn't get close to 60%.

  • Now, some people have been sharing information suggesting putting alcohol brought to drink all over your body can kill the Corona virus.

  • Is that true?

  • Well, the answer is no.

  • Again, the World Health Organization says it will have no impact on the virus, particularly virus that's entered your body.

  • It ends that actually putting I'll call of your body could be harmful to your eyes and to your mouth.

  • The next one is face masks their huge social pressures in some countries to buy these and wear them here.

  • Some experts on what that will achieve for an environment where everybody else is wearing a face masks on and you're not.

  • Then it may make you feel vulnerable because you feel that you don't have the protection everyone else does, but logically, if you know close to people, they're not coughing and sneezing on you than the face mask isn't necessary.

  • One of the problems.

  • If lots of people who don't need facemasks are using face muscle stockpiling them, it means that there aren't enough face marks available where they're really needed for people like healthcare workers who are on the front line and dealing with suspects or confirmed Corona virus cases.

  • Now the big tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google is saying they're doing everything they can to curb misinformation on their platforms.

  • But to be clear, the simplest thing to do if you want to be sure about that this information is good is go to the NHS website, also go to the World Health Organization website and there's also a huge amount of information on the BBC news website as well.

  • I guess there's one bit of advice that everyone is agree on, which is wash your hands for at least 20 seconds a number of times per day.

now how to sift accurate information from misinformation is becoming one of the challenges of this crisis, isn't it?

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Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Separating fact from fiction - BBC News

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/02
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