The 2019 novel Corona virus now called SARS-coV-2 has caused an outbreak of the illness (COVID-19) that started in December 2019 in China and spread to other countries. The outbreak of the virus was declared a global health emergency on the 30 January 2020 by the world health organization. Some symptoms people who fall sick from the virus may show are cough, fever and in more serious cases pneumonia. It’s only natural to be concerned about the health and safety of yourself, family loved ones. There’s a lot of information circulating, so it’s very important to know which is truth and which isn’t . Below we are going to debunk some COVID-19 urban myths and provide you with tips that can help reduce the risk of you contacting the virus. MYTh: A vaccine to cure the corona virus is available. First it’s important to know that contacting the virus is not a death sentence. While there’s is still no known cure for the disease (as scientist are globally working to find a vaccine that works ) it is still possible to contact the virus and not end up dead. There have been over 81,000 confirmed cases worldwide. And of this number over 2,867 deaths have been confirmed while over 36,832 people fully recovered, beat the disease and where released to go home. Yangyang, a Chinese survivor wrote on social media “This is the first time I thought eggs were so delicious” talking about her first meal after beating the virus. (Visit worldometer.info for more information and live statistic update) MYTH: Salt water, bleach, taking acetic acids or steroids can help protect you from the virus. None of these protect you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices may actually be harmful to you. The best ways to protect yourself from the Corona virus include: – Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap and hot water – Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing MYTH: A face mask will protect you from COVID-19 . The fact is certain models of professional, tight fitting respirators (such as the N95) can protect health care workers as they give care and treatment to infected persons. But for the general public the benefit of wearing a lightweight disposable surgical mask is not clear. Experts have said that these disposable mask may provide some protection from sprays, large drops or splashes but because they aren’t tight enough they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose mouth or eyes. Also people with the virus on their palms may touch themselves under the mask and become infected. People with respiratory illness can wear these mask to limit the chances of infecting others. MYTH: You’re at high risk of contacting the virus. This is not true. This virus does appear to be highly contagious but for the average person the risk of contacting it is considered low. You are more likely to contact the flu than COVID-19.