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COVID – 19, Tuesday 19th May
Common or very common
Abdominal pain; appetite decreased; diarrhoea; emotional lability; headache; nausea; skin reactions; vision disorders; vomiting
Alopecia; corneal oedema; dizziness; eye disorders; hair colour changes; nervousness; neuromuscular dysfunction; retinopathy; seizure; tinnitus; vertigo
Frequency not known
Acute hepatic failure; agranulocytosis; anaemia; angioedema; bone marrow disorders; bronchospasm; cardiac conduction disorders; cardiomyopathy; hearing loss; hypoglycaemia; leucopenia; movement disorders; muscle weakness; myopathy; photosensitivity reaction; psychosis; reflexes absent; severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs); thrombocytopenia; tremor; ventricular hypertrophy
Hydroxychloroquine is very toxic in overdosage; overdosage is extremely hazardous and difficult to treat. Urgent advice from the National Poisons Information Service is essential. Life-threatening features include arrhythmias (which can have a very rapid onset) and convulsions (which can be intractable)
US Food and Drug Administration, safety alert 24 April
Received reports that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine could have serious side effects and that the drugs should only be taken under the close supervision of a doctor in a hospital setting or a clinical trial
There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19
While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19. The misuse of hydroxychloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop and evaluate medicines to treat COVID-19
Adding pepper to your soup or other meals DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19
COVID-19 IS NOT transmitted through houseflies
Spraying and introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous
Drinking methanol, ethanol or bleach DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19 and can be extremely dangerous
5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus
Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
Ultra-violet (UV) lamps should not be used to disinfect hands or other areas of your skin
Thermal scanners CANNOT detect COVID-19
Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?