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30 March 2020

COVID-19: Holding breath, hot weather does not prevent transmission – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says holding breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort does not mean an individual is free from the COVID-19 disease.

WHO in a statement on Sunday said that the best way to confirm if an individual has the virus was through a laboratory test “You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous,” WHO said. It added that evidence had shown that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas, including areas with hot and humid weather. “Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. “The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. “By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose,” it said.

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