Some taxi drivers were on Tuesday pictured using lemon and alcohol as sanitisers against coronavirus.
“They tell us that alcohol can be used as a sanitiser, meaning if I take alcohol, I am on a safer side,” a taxi driver in Kampala, who only identified himself as Moses, said.
However, Dr Julius Lutwama, the deputy director of Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), dismissed the theory, saying alcohol kills a person, not the virus. Dr Lutwama said one should use a sanitiser to clean their hands but in case it is not available, one should wash the hands using soap and water as a preventive measure.
He added that lemon is not a proven preventer of coronavirus and should not be relied on.
Another myth is that Africans are immune to coronavirus. However, Dr Julius Lutwama, the deputy director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute, dismissed the assertion.
He said if this was the case, then indigenous citizens of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and DR Congo would not have acquired coronavirus.
“Africans are not immune to coronavirus. We even do not know what will happen if more Africans get sick. We are not immune,” Dr Lutwama said yesterday.