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1.  What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The disease is manifested by fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing, as well as fatigue in general. 

2. Where can I do a test for the presence of COVID-19?

You cannot pay for the commercial coronavirus test. Such diagnostic tests are only covered in cases when it is medically justified. 

3. How long is the period between first infection and when the symptoms start to occur?

Expert analyses were conducted by experts from John Hopkins Hospital. According to their studies, the time between infection and the appearance of symptoms is exactly 5.1 days. 

"Thus, the 14-day quarantine recommended to individuals by the US CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] as well as to the World Health Organization regarding persons who may have contact with the coronavirus, take into account the scope of the time interval," write the authors of the work published in 'Annals of Diseases internal.’"

The team from Baltimore led by prof. Justin Lessler carefully analyzed the histories of infection in 181 cases. The patients were from China, as well as from other countries that the epidemic reached this year before February 24. Infection symptoms showed in 97.5 percent of all cases examined, within 11 days, 12 hours following exposure. 

4. How can the virus be carried to others?

Respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus can be carried by droplet transmission, when a patient breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. The virus can be airborn about two metres from the infected person. It is not known how long the virus survives. Viruses such as measles and chicken pox can travel up to 30 metres and live on a surface for hours. 

5. Does taking zinc fight the infection?

American virologist Dr. James Robb, in a letter widely shared online, recommended taking zinc lozenges. The doctor stated, “These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx.” However, the doctor told the website Snopes.com that he did not intend for his letter to be widely shared. 

Dr. Robb said he anticipated zinc would “inhibit” COVID-19, as it inhibits the replication of many viruses, but that he had “no direct experimental support for this claim” and added taking zinc lozenges was “no guarantee against being infected with the virus.”

6. Does colloidal silver keep you safe from the virus?

Colloidal silver drinking preparations have recently been mentioned on social media as a potential agent capable of killing the coronavirus. Experts, including those from the well-known Mayo Clinc in the U.S., warn that “colloidal silver isn’t considered safe or effective” and that “silver has no known purpose in the body.”

7. Should I drink water every 15 minutes to fight the infection?

Of course, drinking water is good for your health, but it does not fight the coronavirus.

8. Does garlic kill the coronavirus?

Garlic has been known for centuries to be good for health. Scientists have shown that diallyl sulfide is a health-supporting component of garlic. Garlic itself does not have bactericidal properties but garlic fumes contain them. This is why fresh garlic is generally recommended. However, eating garlic in large quantities can affect the liver.

9. Should I eat onions?

Onions, like garlic, are considered to be very healthy. Eating them on a regular basis has a positive effect on many processes of the body. What is most important, it supports the work of the immune system. Consuming onions, however, cannot make you completely safe from infection from the coronavirus.

10. Should I take MMS to protect myself from COVID-19?

MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) has been criticized by World Health Organization (WHO) experts for several years. This substance contains sodium chlorite, which is used in bleach and for disintecting sanitary facilities. Despite repeated warnings, it is still advertised as a cure for AIDS and cancer. It is not surprising that COVID-19 is now on the list of diseases it is claimed MMS can cure. The WHO warns taking MMS can cause severe poisoning and life-threatening conditions.

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