No specific medicine to prevent COVID-19

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THERE has been no specific medicine to prevent or treat the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was highlighted during the recent joint Media Conference held in Honiara.

“To date, there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the new coronavirus. However, those infected should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms and those with severe illness should receive care from a health provider.

“The following measures will not protect you from the virus and some can be harmful such as smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking traditional herbal teas, wearing many masks to maximize protection and taking self-medication such as antibiotics,” the statement from the press conference said.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health Pauline McNeil said the only thing the public is advised to practice to prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19 is to wash hands frequently with soap, cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing , keep your distance, avoid touching eyes ,nose and mouth and avoid unnecessary overcrowding and social gatherings.