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  • A viral email has circulated claiming that holding your breath for 10 seconds can help you self-diagnose the coronavirus, but experts say that's not true.
  • The same email also claims drinking lots of water and taking sips at least every 15 minutes can also prevent the virus by "washing it down" before it can cause infection. This is also false.
  • If you suspect you may have coronavirus, have recently traveled to an infected area, show symptoms like a fever and dry cough, or have been in close contact with people who tested positive, seek medical help immediately.
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People are continuing to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, even as disinfecting products run out and the number of cases continues to rise. Fears about the virus, however, have also prompted the spread of misinformation on how to prevent from getting sick, and inaccurate advice on how to know if you do have Covid-19.

In particular, there is one popular text thread circulating via email and social media that claims to have "serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating Covid-19." Among other things, it wrongly says that people who can hold their breath for 10 seconds without coughing can be assured that they don't have a coronavirus infection.

The post, which is wrongly attributed to Stanford University professors, also claims that constantly drinking water, at least every 15 minutes, can help "wash [the virus] down" before it can cause infection.

Those claims are just a couple of the false self-diagnosis myths circulating at the moment that could cause infected people to leave it too late, according to experts. Here are some of the misleading suggestions, and what you should actually do:

Holding your breath has nothing to do with the coronavirus

Claims that holding your breath can test for coronavirus have been shared via email, text message, and social media as the virus itself continues to spread across the country.

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