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UW expert discusses myths around COVID-19

For example, there’s no evidence that ibuprofen will make symptoms worse
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Whenever a story as big as COVID-19 comes along, there’s always misinformation that comes with it.

Craig Janes is a professor and director at the school of public health and health systems at the University of Waterloo.

On Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS, Janes addressed some frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus.

One of those is, “What can I touch?”

“Any frequently touched surfaces, particularly hard surfaces like stainless steel and plastic, where someone may have sneezed or coughed in their hand and then touched it, those are the surfaces to be concerned about.”

Janes also addressed a rumour about gas pumps being one of the easiest places for you to catch COVID-19, saying that while it’s true that gas pumps are susceptible to spreading a virus (being a surface that many people touch), a shopping cart is no less likely.

So, what about your mail? Is COVID-19 being delivered to your door?

“It’s the frequently touched surfaces that are the ones that we have to be the most careful of,” said Janes. “Mail and other sort of things like Amazon packages are probably much lower risk than these surfaces like elevator buttons, grocery carts and those sort of things that people touch often.”

Finally, will Ibuprofen make COVID-19 symptoms worse?

“There was a lot of stuff that went around on social media about that for a little bit,” said Janes. “I think it was the French health minister that announced that it would make symptoms worse. Upon further investigation, both the government of Canada and the World Health Organization came out and said that there’s no foundation, there’s no evidence to suggest that’s the case.”


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