The world is taking all necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared well to face the challenge and threat posed by the growing pandemic of COVID 19 – the Corona Virus. The most important factor in preventing the spread of the Virus locally is to empower the citizens with the right information.
Myth BustersTHERE IS A LOT OF FALSE INFORMATION AROUND. THESE ARE THE FACTS.
People of all ages CAN be infected by the coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.World Health Organization
- Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the CoronaVirus .
- Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the CoronaVirus.
- There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the CoronaVirus.
- The CoronaVirus CAN be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
- Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilization and can cause skin irritation.
- Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the CoronaVirus.
- The CoronaVirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
- Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the CoronaVirus.
- Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, antibiotics only work against bacteria.
- There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the CoronaVirus.
- Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body.
- To date, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the CoronaVirus.
- Taking a hot bath DOES NOT prevent the CoronaVirus.
- Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the CoronaVirus.
Note : Content is Sourced from World Health Organization
Public Datasets for Research & Innovation on Coronavirus
- COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) – 29,000 articles on Coronavirus for text mining: Link Here [Participate in the CORD-19 Challenge: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House and a coalition of leading research groups have prepared the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). CORD-19 is a resource of over 44,000 scholarly articles, including over 29,000 with full text, about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and related coronaviruses.] This freely available dataset is provided to the global research community to apply recent advances in natural language processing and other AI techniques to generate new insights in support of the ongoing fight against this infectious disease. There is a growing urgency for these approaches because of the rapid acceleration in new coronavirus literature, making it difficult for the medical research community to keep up.
- European Center for Disease Control & Prevention (ECDC) – COVID-19 Epidemiological Data: Link Here
- U.S. Hospital Capacity Estimates (Harvard Global Health Institute): Link Here
- U.S. State COVID-19 Testing Data: Link Here
- Italy COVID-19 Data: https://lnkd.in/e3UGiJi
- WHO COVID-19 Data – Cases & Deaths in China (by province) and other countries: https://lnkd.in/eMWkmzM
- ACAPS COVID-19: Government Measures Dataset: https://lnkd.in/ez6TAvS
- World Bank Indicators (population health & healthcare systems) relevant to COVID-19: https://lnkd.in/eWKT6Vd
- GeneBank COVID-19 Genetic Sequences: https://lnkd.in/e5niEY9
- Next Strain – COVID-19 Genomics Database: https://lnkd.in/eh_cQNQ