There are a number of rumours circulating about coronavirus that have prompted the World Health Organisation to step in.

The W.H.O. have set up a page on its website dedicated to debunking any myths regarding the coronavirus that are currently being spread over the internet.

Here are just a few,

 Does the new coronavirus only affect older people?

It doesn’t matter how old you are, people of all ages can contract the new coronavirus. As with other illnesses, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable.

The WHO advises people of all ages to follows good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene to help protect themselves from catching the disease.

Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is traditionally known to be a healthy food and some people swear by its antimicrobial properties.

But in this case, there is no evidence that eating garlic protected people from the coronavirus outbreak.

Is it safe to receive mail from China?

Yes, receiving letters or packages from China is safe. Individuals who are delivered mail from the region are not at risk of contracting the virus.

Analysis has shown that viruses do not survive long on the surface of objects, including envelopes, postcards or boxes.

Can my pets spread the new coronavirus?

There is no evidence that pets such as cats or dogs can be infected with the virus. However, the WHO recommends people to always wash their hands with soap and water after coming in contact with animals.

Does putting on sesame oil stop the virus from entering the body?

No, sesame oil does not kill the new coronavirus. But cleaning surfaces with some chemical disinfectants can. These include bleach and chlorine-based disinfectants. But the WHO warned against putting these agents on the skin or under the nose as it is dangerous and will have no impact on the virus.