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Dangers of Self-Medication and Disinfectants (COVID-19)

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There has been recent information on questions of preventing Covid-19 and creating various home remedies to protect our households. It is important to remain vigilant and be able to discern inaccurate information from reliable news sources. These are the questions that aim to debunk the myths emerging about the dangers of self-medication:

Can hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine help in curing the symptoms of Covid-19?

Reports have shown that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine is being used to treat malaria symptoms and requires medical attention at all times. As it has been touted as a possible treatment of Covid-19, the act of selling the substance online or purchasing for purpose of self-medication is a crime which may bring personal harm especially to those with liver and kidney problems as it causes increased body toxicity and risk of heart rhythm problems.

Does taking antibiotics help to boost the immune system?

The use of antibiotics treats bacterial infections but can be rendered ineffective by the Covid-19 symptoms. The prolonged use of antibiotics will also encourage resistance by the virus and should only be administered to secondary bacterial infections. It is highly advised to follow your doctor’s recommendation and follow a consistent routine when taking prescriptions.

Is disinfectant effective when ingested or injected into the body?

The act of ingesting or injecting any form of disinfectant is an extremely dangerous method of self-medication as these agents cannot differentiate between the virus and living cells. The overall effect would bring serious injury to someone attempting to treat or prevent the spread of infection. Another potential risk is the mixing of cleaning agents when disinfecting our homes including bleach and ammonia-based cleaners which chemical gases could occur that pose a hazard to the eyes or lungs of individuals when inhaled.

Can high doses of Vitamin C help the immune system in the prevention of Covid-19?

Vitamin C has been shown to reinforce immunity strength against potential infection of Covid-19. However, there is a limit to the quantity of Vitamin C we can absorb as any higher dosage may not bring any benefit to our bodies. An excess concentration of Vitamin C could also have side effects for children and increased kidney problems as the recommended daily intake is between 75mg-100mg. It is important to follow a balanced diet of vitamins and minerals along with consuming supplements to meet the recommended requirements.

As we have shown how these myths can be discerned by using scientific facts, it is important to learn more about boosting your immune system - CLICK HERE

 

This information is provided for references only. 

References:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/fda-warns-hydroxychloroquine-treat-covid-19-200424160930040.html
https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/heal/2020/04/584125/covid-19-self-treatment-and-other-myths-debunked
https://inside.upmc.com/the-dangers-of-self-medicating-for-covid-19-and-exposure-to-household-poisons
https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/04/09/public-advised-not-to-self-medicate-with-antimalarial-medications

 

 

 

Posted On: 27/04/2020

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