Busting the Myths of Coronavirus

Since the digital space has becomes huge and getting a lot of traffic due to everyone being at home. There is also a lot of fake news during this time that gets famous or gets viral, this can affect a lot of lives and people might be believing in things that will not help them.

Some common myths are: – 

1. Rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus!

There is no such evidence as of yet that proves this fact, so the answer is NO. There is some evidence that rinsing your nose can help people recover from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

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2. Eating garlic help prevent infection!

It is commonly known to be very healthy food, it also has a lot of antimicrobial properties. Though the answer is NO, there is no such evidence supporting this.

 

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3. Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus!

NO, antibiotics do not work on viruses and only bacterias. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics by the doctors because bacterial co-infection is possible.

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4. Holding your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease!

TRUE.  The very common known symptoms of COVID-19 are tiredness, dry cough and fever. There are also chances of some severe symptoms like pneumonia. You can only confirm the virus with a test and there is no other way of getting to know if you are COVID positive or not.

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5. Mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19!

TRUE, the viruses cannot travel through radio waves or mobile networks. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose. 

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6. Drinking alcohol does not protect you against coronavirus and can be dangerous!

TRUE, This is a fact that alcohol drinking definitely does not help curing COVID-19 and also there are evidences that state generally that alcohol drinking is not that healthy.

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7. COVID-19 virus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates!

FALSE, there are no such evidence or studies that show that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted in hotter areas. It is still known that it generally kills at 56-degree celsius for 30 minutes. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

FACT: Coronavirus transmission in hot and humid climates

These are a few common myths that we hope can help you understand this virus in a better way. And we also hope that it can help you be more cautious towards it and also know what to not do!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for this. I am so tired of all these bogus remedies floating around social media and people actully buying into them.

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  2. Thank you for this. I am so tired of all these bogus remedies floating around social media and people actully buying into them.

    Like

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