COVID19 Myths and Facts

The day international media broke the news about coronavirus disease turning into a pandemic, false information, myths and rumors flooded the social media. This misinformation caused serious health threats to the people who were not suffering from COVID-19. But ended up in the hospitals after following such myths.

It put a huge responsibility on healthcare advisers to clear those myths along with treating the infectious disease.
The World Health Organization, Government of Pakistan and John Hopkins medicines, and many others tried to bust these myths. They published well researched and authentic content on their websites.

Today, in the light of that authorized content, we will reveal some facts about misleading myths about coronavirus.

Myth

Freezing weather and snow can kill the new Coronavirus.

Fact

No evidence has been found yet regarding this myth. Freezing weather or snow cannot kill the new coronavirus. 

The reason behind this is that the virus lives and replicates inside the human body. And the average temperature of the human body remains between 36 °C to 37 °C.

Even residents of colder regions have caught the virus. Furthermore, the virus outbreak took place in the month of November. That’s itself a colder month.

Myth

Hot weather can kill the new coronavirus. Or the people living in hotter regions won’t catch the virus. 

Fact

Here again, no evidence has been found. Like we said above, human body temperature remains between 36 °C to 37 °C.  And coronavirus has nothing to do with the temperature outside the human body.

Myth

Bleaching agents and alcohol can kill the coronavirus. Believing in this myth, people started drinking alcohol and bleach-based liquids. Many spray bleaching agents on their bodies, clothes, and even on their face regularly. 

Fact

WHO declared alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wipes are to clean your hands, grocery trolley, shopping baskets, and your study or office table. Similarly, one can only use active bleaching agents to clean hard surfaces only, like the floor and your toilet seat.

Drinking, rubbing, or spraying the active bleaching agents can be extremely dangerous. That would only cause harm to your body but has nothing to prevent you from the virus.

Myth

Houseflies and mosquitoes bites can spread the new coronavirus. Or they can be a carrier of the virus. 

Fact

There’s no information, data, or evidence to date that suggests that the new coronavirus can be transmitted through houseflies or mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus. It can only transfer from an infected person to another in the form of droplets when the infected person sneezes or coughs. 

Myth

(Goods) Transports coming from overseas can be a reason for the new coronavirus spread. Goods manufactured in China or overseas countries can spread the infection.  And people who receive these goods’ parcels are more exposed to the virus.

Fact

The new coronavirus only spreads through the droplets of saliva or nose mucus of the infected person. Goods manufactured in China or overseas countries can not spread the virus. The virus is more unlikely to stay alive on such things for a longer time of period. 

Myth

Younger people cannot get the new coronavirus. It only affects the elderly or the people who already have some health issues.

Fact

The new coronavirus can affect the older and the younger in the same manner. No one is safe from the virus. One only needs to take proper precautions to stay safe.

Myth

Eating raw garlic can prevent you from getting the infection.

Fact

Garlic has antimicrobial (antibacterial and antiviral) properties. But there’s no evidence yet to suggest that garlic can cure or prevent the virus. But it can burn your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.

 

Myth

Drinking hot water, soups, coffee, tea, and other hot fluids can kill the virus in your throat.

Fact

Hot fluids are recommended to COVID-19 patients to feel comfortable during their chest and nasal congestions. But in hot weather, it can be dangerous to take lots more hot fluids. Plus, it has not proven yet that hot fluids can kill the virus inside your body.

Myth

 Taking a hot bath can help you to stay safe from the virus during this recent pandemic.

Fact

Hot or cold baths have nothing to do with the virus. Human body temperature remains the same as 36 °C to 37 °C. No matter how cold or hot water you use for bathing. Despite this, it can only harm you as it can burn you.

Myth

The use of antibiotics can prevent you from getting infected with the new coronavirus.

Fact

The new coronavirus or any other virus cannot be treated with any antibiotic medication as antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections. Doctors use antibiotics for COVID-19 patients to treat other coinfections. 

Myth

Thermal scanners can detect the persons infected with the new coronavirus

Fact

Thermal scanners can only detect the body temperature of a person.  Moreover, a COVID-19 patient may have symptoms from two to ten days after getting an infection. Before that, he may not have a fever. So thermal scanners are not effective to detect the COVID-19 patients.

Myth

The new coronavirus was created in laboratories as a biological weapon.

Fact

The new coronavirus transmitted into human beings from animals. Probably from a bat and another intermediary animal. Viruses undergo changes as they transfer from one animal to another. 

Thus, the new coronavirus originated. 

Myth 

5G signals can transfer and spread the new coronavirus.

Fact

As discussed above, the new coronavirus can only transfer by the droplets of mucus. That release from an infected person as a result of coughing or sneezing. There’s no evidence or clue for the transfer of the virus from 5G signals.

Myth

You can test if you caught the infection or not at home. If you are able to hold your breath for more than ten seconds without coughing, it means you are free from the infection.

Fact

The only and the best way to confirm the infection is a laboratory test. Holding your breath is not a proven way to confirm the virus. Instead, it’s dangerous. 

Conclusion

COVID-19 is not a deadly disease. It shows a variety of symptoms depending on the age and health condition of the person. (Check out COVID-19_19 symptoms and types)

Moreover, you can only prevent yourself from being infected by following the SOPs and taking precautions. (check our blog COVID-19, what precautions to take) 

 

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