With the Coronavirus outbreak sweeping not only China but the rest of the globe as well, fear is too. Plenty of myths surrounding the spread of the virus and its symptoms are passed rapidly over social media, only further heightening the panicked atmosphere. Thankfully, the World Health Organisation has come to the aid of the public. WHO has declared it as a global health emergency and released information and advice regarding the crisis on its official website.
"Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria," says the organisation. As it was a virus, antibiotics were not effective in preventing or treating it. However, if a patient is hospitalised for the virus, the person may receive antibiotics since "bacterial co-infection is possible," they added.
WHO said they were working with partners to help accelerate related research and development. Until now, there was no specific medicine for preventing or treating the virus but some particular cures were being studied and tested in clinical trials.
They said, "people of all ages" can be infected with coronavirus, while the elderly and ones with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are more susceptible.
WHO has added that there was no evidence on whether companion animals like dogs or cats can be infected with the virus.
They have advised people to wash hands with soap and water after contacting pets, which can help protect them against "various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans."
*With inputs from IANS