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National advice hotline

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) call the hotline - open 24 hours, 7 days.

Facts and myths

Find out what is and isn't true when it comes to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Spread facts, not fear. It is important that everyone in the Territory makes decisions based on the facts.

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  • 1 Can it be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates?

    Yes.

    From the evidence so far, the virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.


  • 2 Can it be prevented by taking a hot bath or shower?

    No.

    Taking a hot bath or shower WILL NOT prevent you from catching coronavirus (COVID-19). Taking a shower or bath with extremely hot water can be harmful.


  • 3 Can I catch it from mosquito bites?

    No.

    To date there has been no information or evidence to suggest that coronavirus (COVID-19) could be transmitted by mosquitoes.


  • 4 Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the virus?

    No.

    Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body. Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.


  • 5 Can eating garlic help prevent infection?

    No.

    Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that garlic has protected people from coronavirus (COVID-19).


  • 6 Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the virus?

    No.

    Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, only bacteria. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics SHOULD NOT be used as a means of prevention or treatment.


  • 7 Are there coronavirus (COVID-19) scams circulating?

    Yes.

    A number of COVID-19 themed scams are circulating online and via text message. Many scams include links which if clicked may install malicious software designed to steal personal or banking details.

    If you receive one of these messages do not click the link. Delete the message.