COVID-19: MYTHS AND REALITIES

As the COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, there
are numerous myths arising in society and floating on social media that do more harm than good as instead of helping out, they cause stress and panic among the general public.

Hence it is of utmost importance to know the real facts which are actually helpful and effective against COVID-19 rather than just believing random social media rumors.

To put some popular rumors to rest and outline facts and authentic information we have herein curated a list of myths along with a scientific explanation.

Below are some facts which can help you tackle the panic and also help you be more informed.

1. Should everyone wear a mask?

No, A healthy person should not wear a mask as other germs will gather on the mask and make you sick. Only if any person who is affected with the disease like fever, cough or difficulty in breathing should wear a mask and the doctor who is treating Corona patients and other
people around the infected should wear a mask.

2. Coronavirus can not survive in hot or extremely cold climates.

Human body temperature is 36.5-37 degrees celsius, so corona can definitely survive in hot climates and it rises in cold and snow areas.

3. Does eating garlic and ginger will kill coronavirus?

They are anti-bacterial food. Adding garlic and ginger to your diet will help to boost one’s immunity system but it is not yet sure that they can kill the coronavirus.

4. Spraying alcohol and chlorine will kill the virus?

Washing hands with 60% alcohol-based sanitizers or with soap and water will take you away from corona by killing them. However, spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body is not
a good idea as the virus which is entered in your body will not be killed by doing so.

5. Can rinsing your nose with saline will not get you corona affected?

Rinsing the nose with saline will help you from common cold problems but it is not yet sure that it can prevent coronavirus.

6. Will drinking alcohol help you to cure coronavirus?

It is true that using alcohol-based hand rubs can kill the COVID-19 virus present on your hands. But having excessive alcohol consumption can be harmful as it affects the immune system which can lead to worse situations fighting with the COVID-19. 44 people died from bootleg alcohol they were drinking as a cure for COVID-19.

7. Can a Thermal scanner detect people infected with COVID- 19?

No, Thermal scanners can only detect the body temperature. There might be chances that affected person has not shown any symptoms yet, so the thermal scanner fails here and is not a sure-shot way of screening.

8. COVID-19 affects older age or younger age group?

COVID-19 can affect people of all age groups whether child, young adult or senior citizen. People having a strong immune system can cope up with the disease easily as compare to the people who have a weak immune system.
Hence it is always necessary to take all the precautions very carefully to keep this virus away.

9. Can hand dryers kill the Coronavirus?

We may think hand dryers with hot air can kill COVID-19 but it is just a misconception. Washing hands with soap or sanitizer will kill virus present on hands, whereas hand dryers are used to dry hands only.

10. Can antibiotics will help to cope up with Coronavirus?

Antibiotics used for bacterial infections not with the virus.
So, this is the misconception that antibiotics can kill the coronavirus while it doesn’t.

We hope that the above helped you differentiate between myths and facts.
We advise our readers to believe information only from an authentic source like the WHO website. Believing fake news and myths will only give rise to panic and stress.
Hence verify the news or any piece of information before sharing it further to avoid unnecessary chaos and panic.

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References:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/03/20/fact-check-drinking-alcohol-wont-reduce-coronavirus-risk/2881704001/

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/everyone-need-not-wear-mask-govt-issues-coronavirus-advisory-about-when-and-how-you-should-wear-one/articleshow/74669323.cms?from=mdr

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/health/2020/03/23/busting-some-COVID-19-myths

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