Can Antibiotic Ointment in Your Nose Prevent You from Getting Sick?

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Playing Could This Trick Keep You from Getting Sick?

Everyone is trying their best to avoid catching any type of cold or flu during the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and The Doctors are weighing in a trick which some celebrities reportedly use to avoid getting sick.

READ: Coronavirus: Guide to Protect Your Health and Family

You may have seen online posts claiming if you put antibiotic ointment up your nose that can help you avoid a cold or flu, especially when traveling and flying -- but is this true or even effective?

Dr. Andrew Ordon says the idea does have some merit, noting a petroleum-based antibiotic ointment may be able to create a barrier and keep some germs from entering your nasal passages. But, he stresses this will not prevent someone from getting a viral illness -- like coronavirus.

READ: 3 Easy Meals to Prep during Coronavirus Quarantine

Dr. Travis Stork makes clear that colds and flu are forms of a virus, which an antibiotic ointment will not be effective against.

The best defense against a virus is washing your hands, not touching your face, avoiding other people who are sick, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces -- along with these other preventive methods.

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected

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