No. This is one myth that is truly dangerous. While diluted bleach can be used to disinfect surfaces, introducing bleach or other disinfectants into your body can cause severe tissue burns, blood vessel damage, and can even be lethal. Likewise, while alcohol-based disinfectant can be used instead of soap and water to wash your hands, rubbing alcohol should never be used internally.
To protect yourself against COVID-19, disinfect objects and surfaces, especially the ones you touch regularly (cellphones, doorknobs, laptops) with recommended cleaning agents, such as diluted bleach.
Early in the pandemic, various sources claimed that the virus did not spread as much in warm climates. Current evidence shows that COVID-19 can spread in all areas, including areas with hot and humid weather.
Likewise, cold weather and snow cannot kill the virus that causes COVID-19. The normal human body temperature stays around 37°C, regardless of the temperature or weather outside.
Studies performed in labs have shown that the virus can survive up to a few days on certain surfaces in a controlled environment. However, most experts believe that the virus will not survive as long when exposed to the environmental elements. To be safe, you should disinfect all surfaces you come in contact with, including outdoor furniture.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that pets can spread COVID-19 to humans. While there have been a few case reports of pets contracting the virus from their infected owner, the reverse has not been proven.
Experts do not think that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread from the fur or skin of pets to humans. However, pets can carry other diseases that can be transmitted to humans. To be safe, avoid touching other people’s pets, or wash hands thoroughly afterwards you do.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating due to contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19, you should follow similar recommendations around animals as you would around people in these circumstances.
Stay informed by referring to trusted sources such as federal and provincial websites. Avoid sharing information on social media if it does not come from a verified and credible source.
If you have a chronic condition, make sure to take your medication as prescribed and keep all your medical appointments. In many cases, measures have been put in place so that you can have your medical appointments remotely.
If you’re not sure about a claim regarding COVID-19, your pharmacist can help you sort fact from fiction!
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.