Pulmonologist Vladimir Beketov has denied some common myths about the coronavirus. An employee of the Sechenov University reacted this way to a video with popular recommendations for protecting against COVID-19.
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In the video, its authors say that during the first few days after infection, the pathogen accumulates in saliva and mucus. However, in reality, viral respiratory ailments develop in a different way. In an interview for KP, the expert explained that the virus can remain on the mucous membrane from several minutes to a couple of hours, but no more. The expert also debunked the misconception about the need to clear the nasopharynx by means of a soda solution and inhalation of its vapors. Thus, there is a risk of provoking serious respiratory irritation. If you inhale the steam, you can also get a burn of the mucous membrane.
Beketov urges Russians not to trust dubious videos about COVID-19 on the Web and, if manifestations of the disease appear, consult a doctor.