When it comes to prevention, drinking garlic tea will only make you smell bad, not stave off the coronavirus. And if you do contract Covid-19, you can’t flush it out of your mouth with hot water. And certainly don’t—and we can’t stress this enough—try to blast it out of your mouth with a blow dryer.
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“I think it’s really easy to look back on those myths and say, ‘I would never fall for that,’” says Yasmin. “But in the face of so much fear and uncertainty, even the smartest people can fall for false information.”
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On Thursday, Amazon said Alexa-enabled devices can now handle customers’ sensitive medical data, and it teased the release of a new kit that would allow approved outside developers to build Alexa skills that access users’ private health information, paving the way for the voice assistant to play a bigger role in health care.
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