Coronavirus outbreak: Know the Myths and the Facts

Coronavirus is the name of a family of viruses from which some viruses affect the respiratory system of a human body.  In these days a virus troubling people by spreading a disease officially named as COVID-19 in humans by affecting the respiratory system of human body. This virus is a mutation of the previous virus of the coronavirus family known as SARS. Since it is a mutation of SARS virus that is why this virus is officially named as SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2).

corona myth vs fact

COVID-19 is a pandemic that troubling the whole world. It is hard to separate actual facts from fiction due to a lot of misinformation that is available on the internet. We are here going to explain some myths and the actual fact about the COVID-19.

MYTH 1:

EATING GARLIC OR LEMON (AND OTHER FOODS COMMONLY USED AS HOME REMEDIES FOR FLU AND COMMON COLD) CAN HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.

FACT

It is False, Obviously, Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. Similarly, vitamin C is an essential nutrient that can support immune function. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic or lemon (or other foods for that matter) has protected people from the new coronavirus.

MYTH 2:

REGULARLY GARGLING WITH SALTWATER OR SALINE CAN HELP PREVENT INFECTION WITH THE NEW CORONAVIRUS, AS WELL AS DRINKING WATER TO “FLUSH” THE VIRUS FROM YOUR MOUTH.

FACT

There is no evidence that regularly gargling has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. While this may help soothe a sore throat, this practice will not prevent the virus from entering your lungs—neither will drinking frequent sips of water.

MYTH 3:

THE NEW CORONAVIRUS CANNOT BE TRANSMITTED IN AREAS WITH HOT AND HUMID CLIMATES.

FACT

False. The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.

MYTH 4:

DRINKING WARM WATER AND GETTING ENOUGH SUNLIGHT ARE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING COVID-19.

FACT

False. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 can be killed at higher temperatures. Drinking warm water and getting enough sunlight may have other health benefits. For example, sunlight is good to get Vitamin D, but too much exposure to sunlight may also lead to sunburn.

MYTH 5:

TAKING A HOT BATH CAN PREVENT THE NEW CORONAVIRUS DISEASE.

FACT

False. Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Actually, taking a bath with extremely hot water may be harmful to your body, as it can burn you. Your normal body temperature remains approx 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by cleaning your hands frequently. By cleaning your hands you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that may occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

MYTH 6:

HAND DRYERS ARE EFFECTIVE IN KILLING THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.

FACT

False. Hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19. To protect yourself from the new SARS COV-2 virus, you should clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using towels or a warm air dryer.

MYTH 7:

SPRAYING ALCOHOL OR CHLORINE ALL OVER YOUR BODY CAN KILL THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.

FACT

False. Spraying chlorine or alcohol all over your body will not going to kill viruses that have already entered in your body. Spraying such chemicals can be harmful to clothes, eyes or mouth. Be aware that both chlorine and alcohol can be useful to clean surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

MYTH 8:

VACCINES AGAINST PNEUMONIA CAN PROTECT YOU AGAINST THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.

FACT

False. Vaccines against pneumonia, like the pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, is not a protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is new and different that it needs its own vaccination. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against this disease, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses such as flu is highly recommended to protect your health.

MYTH 9:

THE NEW CORONAVIRUS CAN BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH MOSQUITO BITES.

FACT

False. To date, there has been no evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The mutant coronavirus is a virus of the respiratory system that spreads primarily through droplets generated from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself from this virus, frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand wash or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who has coughing and sneezing symptoms.

MYTH 10:

THE NEW CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS ONLY OLDER PEOPLE.

FACT

False. People of ALL AGES can be infected by the new coronavirus. People with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) and Older people may become severely ill with the virus. WHO suggests people of all age group to protect themselves from this virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

MYTH 11:

COLD WEATHER AND SNOW CAN KILL THE NEW CORONAVIRUS

FACT

False. According to WHO, there are no such reasons to believe this statement that cold weather can kill SARS-CoV-2.

MYTH 12:

A VACCINE TO CURE COVID-19 IS AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET

FACT

There is no vaccine of this COVID-19 disease is available in the market yet. Researchers have already started working on this but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take long.

MYTH 13:

ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTION LAMP CAN KILL THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.

FACT

False. People should not use UV light to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin problems.

MYTH 14:

RECEIVING A LETTER OR PACKAGE  FROM CHINA IS UNSAFE

FACT

It is safe to receive a package or letter from china. The risk of getting infected is away from you because as per research the new coronavirus can not survive on objects like packages or letters for a long time

More facts on these as well as other myths about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 can be found on the World Health Organization’s official page.

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