What are some Myths about the Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19, a hazardous virus that causes illness which spread through respiratory droplets. The symptoms start with a simple common flu, cough & cold leading to respiratory…

Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19, a hazardous virus that causes illness which spread through respiratory droplets. The symptoms start with a simple common flu, cough & cold leading to respiratory disorder causing serious illness. Having originated from the Wuhan City of China, it has confirmed cases of more than 1,00,000 people over 120 countries across 6 continents and is continuously spreading at very fast pace.

China lost over 3100 lives which have exceeded the toll of death from the erstwhile epidemic of SARS in the year 2002-2003. The WHO, i.e. the World Health Organisation has declared it a pandemic or a global health emergency. While there are several protective measures against coronavirus which are getting discussed and highlighted every moment, there are a couple of myths about COVID-19 which we need to be clear about. Let us see below:

Myth # 1: Taking a hot bath does not prevent the coronavirus disease

Truth: Taking a hot bath will certainly not stop you from getting infected from this disease. Your usual body temperature stays at 36.5°C to 37°C, irrespective of the temperature of the bath or a shower. The greatest way to have protection is by regularly cleaning your hands thereby eliminating the risk of viruses that may be on your hands and evade infection that may happen by touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.


Myth #2: Spraying chlorine or alcohol over the whole body kill the coronavirus?

Truth: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on the whole body would not kill viruses that have previously entered your body. Spraying such elements may be harmful. Remember, that both alcohol and chlorine, is useful to sanitize surfaces, but to be used under suitable approvals.


Myth #3: Vaccinations for pneumonia defend you against COVID-19

Truth: No. Vaccinations against pneumonia, do not give protection against coronavirus. The virus is new and very different from that it requires its own vaccine. Scientists are trying their best to invent a vaccine for the same. Also, it is recommended that one should not try something on your own and should consult doctor.


Myth #4: Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent coronavirus infection?

Truth: Not true. There is no proof that repeatedly rinsing your nose with saline will help in preventing this disease. 


Myth #5: Coronavirus affects elder persons only 

Truth: People of every age may be infected by a coronavirus as the infection is most likely to happen to someone with weaker immunity. Elder people, and persons with pre-existing medical diseases like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, are more susceptible to become badly affected by the virus. WHO recommends individuals of all ages to take protection against coronavirus.


Myth #6: Are antibiotics are effective in stopping and treating coronavirus?

Truth: Taking antibiotics on own doesn’t suffice the purpose. It is strongly recommended that if you or somebody around you is showing symptoms of corona, must consult doctor at the earliest. One should not do anything on his/her own and maintain hygiene.


Myth #7: Can eating garlic help prevent infection with new coronavirus? 

Truth: Garlic is healthy food that has a medicinal and antimicrobial property. Amid the current coronavirus outbreak, there is no proven evidence that garlic consumption has cured corona affected patient. 


Myth #8: Face masks protect all against coronavirus

Truth: Healthcare workers usually use specialized face masks, to protect themselves from the infection. However, throwaway face masks are doubtful to provide such kind of protection. As these face masks do not fit clearly against the face and the virus droplets may still enter your mouth and nose. Similarly, small viral elements may enter directly through the face mask material. But, if somebody has cough or cold, wearing a face mask may help thereby protecting other people from getting infected. Additionally, wearing face masks may give an untrue sense of assurance and may lead to the other infection control habits getting overlooked, like hand hygiene.

A vital coronavirus update was given by WHO endorses that individuals who are taking care of anyone with suspected coronavirus, should wear a mask without fail. In such cases, wearing a mask only makes sense, if the person frequently washes their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or with soap and water. Also, a very important point here is while using a mask is that disposing the mask properly is as vital as using it.

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Content Referred from: World Health Organization

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