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When will we have a COVID-19 vaccine?

Prior to COVID-19, the shortest amount of time it took to develop a vaccine was for mumps and it took roughly four years. The development and testing processes for vaccines normally take many years. The rush for a COVID-19 vaccine is unprecedented in its speed. However, given the high rate at which possible vaccines drop […]

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Does wearing a mask reduce your oxygen level?

NO. There is no evidence that wearing a mask can reduce oxygen levels. Even doctors and healthcare professionals wearing N95 masks (which fit very tightly around the face and are made to create a seal around the edge of the mask) are not at risk of hypoxia. However, for any person with preexisting lung or […]

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Public health experts debunk COVID-19 misinformation in Nigeria

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria, there has been an overwhelming amount of information on social media, websites and mainstream media about the virus. The increased access to information has led to a proliferation in sources of information, with the consequence that it has enabled the spread of misinformation and fake news. […]

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Can You Get COVID-19 Twice?

We do not know for sure, but it may be possible. More evidence is needed to determine whether or not reinfection can occur. Some COVID-19 patients have tested positive a second time but scientists think that this is most likely residual virus (traces of the virus left in the body) that is being detected by […]

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What do we know about pregnant women and COVID-19?

It is not currently known if pregnant women are more susceptible to COVID-19 than the general public, nor whether they are more likely to have a serious illness as a result. Therefore, As a pregnant woman, you should continue to: Wear a mask Wash your hands Practice physical distancing Also, please continue to seek prenatal […]

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Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19?

Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19? No. Gloves can only prevent infection if you don’t touch your face with your gloved hands, and only if you take off and dispose of the gloves correctly before washing your hands. You can still transfer the novel coronavirus to your face and other […]

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Do digital thermometers kill neurons or damage the brain when a person’s temperature is getting checked?

Digital thermometers do not damage your brain in any way. Digital thermometers are universally used with children and adults and can come in a wide variety of forms including oral, rectal, temporal artery (forehead), tympanic (ear), and axillary (armpit) versions. These thermometers require a sensor, which typically produces either a voltage, current, or resistance change […]

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Can drinking alcohol prevent or cure COVID-19?

Can drinking alcohol prevent or cure COVID-19? What Meedan’s experts say No, drinking alcohol does not prevent or cure COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended to disinfect hands and surfaces, but drinking or ingesting alcohol is in no way recommended. In fact, alcohol consumption could worsen COVID-19 symptoms and could weaken your body’s ability to […]

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Is COVID-19 the same as malaria?

Is COVID-19 the same as malaria? No. COVID-19 and malaria may have similar symptoms but they are very different diseases with different modes of transmission and treatment. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, and humans become infected by mosquito bites. COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets that we inhale through our nose or our mouth. COVID-19 […]

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Nigeria Health Watch Partners with Meedan to counter Misinformation on COVID-19 in Nigeria

23 June, 2020 | Abuja – Nigeria Health Watch Partners with Meedan to counter Misinformation on COVID-19 in Nigeria Concerned by the rapid spread of misinformation around COVID-19, Nigeria Health Watch and Meedan have partnered to counter misinformation around COVID-19 and other public health challenges. The spread of misinformation during disease outbreaks is a global […]