WHO DG Tedros Adhanom

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has debunked claims that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be spread by 5G mobile networks.

The WHO said in a statement on Friday that viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks, as COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.

“People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose,” it said.

Some Nigerians have been expressing concerns over the 5G networks, linking it to the coronavirus.

The WHO, however, said that COVID-19 was spreading in many countries that did not have 5G mobile networks.

The statement said being infected with the new coronavirus did not mean that one would be infected with the virus forever, adding that people recover from the disease.

“Most COVID-19 infected persons can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies.

“If you are infected by the disease, make sure you treat your symptoms.

“If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, but call your health facility by telephone first.

“Most patients recover thanks to supportive care,” WHO said.

It added that exposure to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius would not prevent COVID-19.

“You can be infected with COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19,” the organisation noted.

WHO further said that, to be protected from the virus, people should ensure frequent and thorough hand washing and avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose.

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