There are so many things being said about coronavirus but not all are true.
Communication has become easy and fast, but so has the spread of fake news. Platforms like facebook, whatsapp, instagram, youtube etc are a primary source of spreading fake news. These times are uncertain. COVID-19 is something that none of us have seen before. Scientists and doctors are still researching and keep discovering something new every once in a while.
It is very easy to spread fake news and false remedies or cure for coronavirus in this case. You must be aware of the true facts and believe something only if it is from a credible source. Here are nine common myths about coronavirus and their accuracy-
Coronavirus affects only older people
While older people with weaker immunity and pre existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to coronavirus, people of all ages can be infected. Everyone should take appropriate precautions to protect themselves. Age is not the only risk for severe disease. The very notion that “COVID-19 only affects older people” is factually wrong. 10% to 15% of people under 50 have moderate to severe infection. Severe cases of the disease have been seen in people in their teens or twenties, with many requiring intensive care and some unfortunately passing away.
Taking a hot bath will kill the coronavirus
Taking a hot bath will NOT prevent you from getting infected.
Bathing with extremely hot water might cause burns and cause other problems.
The best way to stay cautious is to wash your hands regularly and to avoid touching your face.
Eating garlic or lemon can cure COVID-19
Garlic and lemons are healthy and immunity boosting, but they are NOT effective in curing the novel coronavirus.
Antibiotics can cure COVID-19
Antibiotics are effective against bacteria, however, the cause of COVID-19 is a virus. So, antibiotics are ineffective in treating COVID-19.
Oxygen levels will drop if you wear a mask
This is absolutely FALSE. If you’re not used to it, wearing a mask might feel uncomfortable or unusual. But, wearing a face mask will not cause CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency.
Masks have been worn by surgeons and medical practitioners for years and they are completely safe.
Wearing a mask might be uncomfortable because you are not used to it, but it poses no harm to you.
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You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by injecting, swallowing, bathing in or rubbing onto your body bleach, disinfectants or rubbing alcohols.
Spraying disinfectants or alcohol CANNOT kill the virus that has entered in the body. Rubbing alcohol on your body is dangerous. Disinfectants and alcohols can only be used to clean surfaces, that too with proper precautions and under appropriate recommendations.
It’s enough to just wear a mask
Wearing a mask is essential but it is not enough.
WHO has repeatedly said that physical distancing at public places and maintaining personal hygiene is equally important to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
COVID-19 is spread by house flies and mosquitoes
COVID-19 is NOT spread by house flies and mosquitoes. It is spread by droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. It can also spread if you touch your face after coming in contact with a contaminated surface. There is no evidence that insects are the carriers of COVID-19.
To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
Weather has an effect on the spread of coronavirus
Neither hot and humid places nor cold weather are a reason behind slowing the spread of COVID-19. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather.