‘Dangerous’: Warning against virus self-medication
NSW Health has issued a warning to people not to "self-medicate" to treat coronavirus.
The agency issued a statement online saying it "is aware of people self-medicating to treat COVID-19 or using medications in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 disease."
"There has already been one death reported overseas in someone who attempted to self-prescribe medicines. It's dangerous to do this."
"At this time, there are no vaccines that protect against COVID-19 and no medications with approved indications to treat COVID-19."
"NSW Health is constantly reviewing evidence and working with clinicians to provide the most appropriate care for people affected by COVID-19."
The World Health Organisation has published a series of mythbusters on coronavirus including saying it cannot be carried by mosquitoes, killed by taking a hot bath or by snow.
It comes as Australia has introduced a host of new bans to prevent the spread of coronavirus including the closure of some non-essential businesses including tanning salons, beauticians and local facilities like swimming pools and playcentres.
Australia has recorded more than 2000 cases of the disease and on Tuesday, a woman in her 70s became the eighth person to die of the disease after being a passenger on the Ruby Princess.
Originally published as 'Dangerous': NSW Health's virus warning