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Commonly heard COVID-19 questions answered

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March 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Can a virus be killed? Can vinegar kill a virus? Can hand sanitizer expire?

The internet offers an array of questions from people watching coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, spread.

Using a Google search bar there are a few common strains among those who want to know more about the virus.

As the breakout spreads, people are mostly asking what to do and how to prepare themselves, according to Google Trends. 

Does hand sanitizer expire?

Yes, it usually has a one-year shelf life, but check the label to see if there’s an expiration date, according to Women’s Health Magazine.

How do you kill a virus?

The most effective method is plain, old, hand soap, according to The Guardian. Once you have COVID-19, you can’t get rid of it, but you can help prevent the spread by using hand soap.

According to the article, hand soap causes the virus to dissolve.

How do I stop touching my face?

Researchers recommend to keep yourself distracted, have tissues handy, be aware of what triggers you to touch your face and to try not to worry so much, according to this New York Times article.

Can my pet get the coronavirus?

While a dog tested positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong this week, the Hong Kong government said dogs and cats can’t pass it on to humans.

Hong Kong's agricultural department said it found no evidence pets were a source of infection or could get sick themselves with the COVID-19 illness. But it suggested pets from a household of an infected person should be quarantined, according to The Canadian Press.

Can white vinegar kill the coronavirus?

There is no evidence that white vinegar is effective against coronavirus, according to Consumer Reports. Better cleaning agents are soap and water, bleach, Isopropyl Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide, according to the article.

Will a beard affect my ability to wear a face mask?

The U.S. Centre for Disease Control has released a useful infographic outlining hair and beard styles that are both effective and ineffective.

In general, very short styles like a goatee and side-whiskers are acceptable styles, but beards and stubble will not allow the mask to fit properly.  The graphic is intended for workers who wear tight-fitting respirators.


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