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Malaria leads to herd immunity against COVID-19.
Unconfirmed. Any links between malaria and COVID-19 are unproven.
Any link between malaria and COVID-19 is unproven at this stage, but they are very different diseases, with differing vectors and symptoms. Malaria is spread through mosquitoes carrying the Plasmodium parasite. According to the NHS, when a mosquito carrying the parasite bites someone the ‘parasite passes into the bloodstream’ and causes the symptoms of malaria. COVID-19 however is a new respiratory virus which spreads through airborne droplets, and still much is not yet known on its origin and effective treatments.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently says that “at this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.”
WHO also recommends the following basic protective measures:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.